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J. L. Curran Management Area
Location and Access
John L. Curran Management Area is located in the City of Cranston,
R.I. and is an undeveloped state owned park property which is managed
by both the DEM Fish and Wildlife and Parks and Recreation. Access to
the area is available at two locations along Seven Mile Road, one near
the Upper Reservoir and a second with a small parking area at the
Lower Reservoir also known as Spring Lake.
The J. L. Curran Management Area covers 332 acres and is largely a
forested tract comprised primarily of deciduous hardwood trees, oaks,
maple and beech. The Upper Reservoir is a man made basin of 30 acres
in area with an average depth of 10 feet. Lower Reservoir or Spring
Lake, also a shallow man made impoundment, is 24 acres in area.
Shoreline habitats provide an important ecotone where a variety of
wildlife seek food and shelter.
Typical game mammals found within the the J. L. Curran area include
cottontail rabbit, grey squirrel, white-tailed deer and furbearers
such as raccoon, mink, otter and muskrat. Game birds found in the area
include ruffed grouse, woodcock, and wild turkey. A variety of
non-game species of wildlife can also be found in the area, including
songbirds, hawks, owls, amphibians, and reptiles, providing those who
wish to observe these forms of wildlife in a natural setting with
considerable opportunity. Both upper and lower Curran reservoirs are
very popular fishing locations where access to the water is from the
shoreline or by small boat or canoe. Principal species of game fish
are largemouth bass and chain pickerel.