Lake Mishnock has a storied
past, and several area residents can give first-hand accounts of events as far back as the 1930s. In his book,"A
Brief Moment in Time...MISHNOCK...and kindred matters" (Avon Valley Press, 1997), Waite Albro included the story
of Lake Mishnock Grove, built by his father, John I. Albro. Mr. Albro began by trying to protect the area
from careless campers, who'd caused a number of fires around the lake. In an effort to limit access and to reduce fire danger, Mr. Albro put up a sign in a designated
area--Parking 25 cents--and hoped it would discourage unauthorized camping. To his surprise, it didn't. People paid the fees and kept coming. The
year was 1929, and Mr. Albro soon earned more from these parking fees than he did for a hard day's labor.
This was the beginning of commercial enterprise at the lake. By the 1930s and '40s, Lake Mishnock was
a summer playground for hundreds of Rhode Islanders, who enjoyed the swimming beach, roller rink, and snack bar.
Despite the fact that it is essentially privately owned, Lake Mishnock has great
public importance. As part of the Mishnock Aquifer, it provides 20
% of the Kent County water supply. The lake also gives character and beauty to the neighborhood where over
400 families make their home. Some families are the second or third generation to grow up on Lake Mishnock, and they live
in homes that were originally summer cottages in the 1940s. On a fair day, these families can be seen
boating, fishing and swimming at the lake.
there are two active beach associations, Brookside and Mishnock. Mishnock Barn houses a country dance club: http://www.mishnockbarn.com
lake now suffers from weed infestation and the overall health of this magnificent natural resource is threatened.
It is vital that action be taken as soon as possible. We must ensure this lake's long-term health and survival.
LMPA hopes to be a watchdog and advocate for Lake Mishnock and its area residents.