South Branch Pawtuxet River

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South Branch Pawtuxet River at Royal Mills

The South Branch Pawtuxet River is a river in the U.S. state of Rhode Island. It flows approximately 9.8 miles (15.8 km).[1] There are 11 dams along the river's length.[2]


The river is formed by the confluence of the Big and Flat rivers in the area now flooded by the Flat River Reservoir in Coventry. From there, it flows east and then northeast through Coventry and the historic textile mill villages of Anthony, Quidnick, Crompton, Centreville, Arctic and River Point West Warwick where it converges with the North Branch Pawtuxet River to form the main branch of the Pawtuxet River.


Below is a list of all crossings over the South Branch Pawtuxet River. The list starts at the headwaters and goes downstream.

  • Coventry
    • South Main Street
    • Sandy Bottom Road (RI 33)
    • Laurell Avenue
  • West Warwick
    • Pulaski Street
    • Main Street
    • Factory Street
    • Providence Street (RI 115/RI 33)


The Mishnock River and Hawkinson Brook are the South Branch Pawtuxet River's only named tributaries, though it has many unnamed streams that also feed it.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey. National Hydrography Dataset high-resolution flowline data. The National Map, accessed April 1, 2011
  2. ^ Governor's Task Force on Dam Safety and Maintenance – Final Report, January 2001