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Boat ramps in Rhode Island are plentiful and accessible

From the centuries before the arrival of Europeans, fishing has been done extensively in Rhode Island, for commerce and for pleasure. One of the state's gastronomic delicacies is the clam known as the quahog. The vast Narragansett Bay, as well as the state's shoreline along the Atlantic, provide lots of fishing spots. Many boat ramps are available at many locations. Find fishing locations.

Rhode Island Tide Charts

Bowdish Reservoir

Putnam Pike (Route 44) Glocester, RI Phone:

After George Washington Campground entrance, take third left to boat ramp, which is concrete slab. 10 HP limit, Parking available.

Off Route 165 Exeter, RI Phone:

This is a site for launching boats from trailers. Beach Pond straddles the border between Connecticut and Rhode Island. Arcadia Management Area borders much of the Rhode Island shoreline of the pond. Parking available.

Sanctuary Road (Route 1) Charlestown, RI, 02813 Phone: 401-364-8910

Large forested park with freshwater pond; lots of camping in woods; water sports; boat ramp

The state Department of Environmental Management operates a boat ramp on Watchaug Pond at this very popular, forested state park. See full description of Burlingame State Park .

2 Manchester Print Works Road Lincoln, RI, 02865 Phone: 401-723-7892

Inland park with freshwater swimming, boating, trails, horseback riding

This wooded inland park has a freshwater lake and beachfront for swimming and fishing and paddling. Motor boats are allowed, but with limitations. Motor boats are not allowed on the lake on weekends and holidays, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Boat motors must be less than 10 horsepower. Also Eastern Mountain Sports operates a kayaking school at the park (800-310-4504). See full description of Lincoln Woods State Park.

at Jackson Schoolhouse and Widow Smith roads Glocester, RI Phone:

This site, managed by the state Department of environmental Management, has a gravel parking lot and a cement plank boat ramp. This is a popular lake in the summer and the shoreline is heavily developed. No motors above 10 hp may be used from this boat ramp between the Saturday before Memorial Day and the day after Labor Day. This is a busy aterway; watch out for paddlers and boaters.

Keech Pond

Indian Trail Glocester, RI Phone:

Take Route 44 Glocester to Chestnut Hill Road, to Indian Trail, to end. Boat ramp is on the left. 10 HP limit. Parking is available. 

Bridge Street and Nooseneack Hill road Richmond, RI Phone:

This is a site for launching boats from trailers and a portage. This site at the south end of Wyoming Pondis a common take-out for a paddle down the upper Wood River.

This is a site for launching hand-carried boats and it is also a portage. There is also access to the reservoir on the west side, where there is a slab boat ramp, with parking. The shoreline there is also better for launching hand carried boats.

Ocean Drive Newport, RI Phone: 401-847-2400

Historic fort property hosts picnics, swimming, fishing, historic reenactments, sailing

Boat launch at this park is located off Harriston Avenue. Concrete slabs. Fishing piers. Handicap access. See full description of Fort Adams State Park.

Main Street, one-quarter mile south of Broad Street (Route 1) across from McQuade's Marketplace Westerly, RI Phone:

On the Pawtucket River. Concrete slab ramp with plenty of parking for vehicles and trailers. Handicap access.

end of North Glen Drive Coventry, RI Phone:

This cement plank boat ramp is tucked into a residential area at the south end of Tiogue Lake. There is limited parking here. (Tiogue Lake is stocked with trout in spring.)

West end of Charlestown Beach Road Charlestown, RI Phone:

The area consists of a wide sandy beach on the ocean, a rock jetty that is a popular fishing site, an RV campground along the east arm of the breachway, and a wetlands area bordering Ninigret Pond. Ninety parking spaces are available onsite. There is an entrance fee during the summer season. Picnic tables, benches, toilets, trash receptacles are onsite.

Wilson Reservoir

East Wallum Lake Road Burrillville, RI Phone:

This cement plank boat ramp is for launching boats from trailers; also canoes and kayaks. There is a 10hp limit on motors. Parking is available.

Tiogue Lake

end of North Glen Drive Coventry, RI Phone:

215 acres. Location: Glen Drive Ramp - Arnold Road to Crestwood Road, take a left onto North Glen Drive, follow to end. Parking: Yes.

Tucker Pond

Off Tuckertown Road South Kingstown, RI Phone:

Cement slab; 10 HP limit, Parking is available.

Off Hicks Trail Exeter, CT Phone:

Breakheart Pond occupies 44 acres in Arcadia Management Area, with large white pine trees all around. At the access site there is a gravel parking lot and a boat ramp that is just the natural gravel shoreline. Breakheart Pond is restricted to non-motorized boats and boats powered by electric motor.

off Old Stafford Road Tiverton, RI Phone:

There is a cement plank boat ramp and a gravel parking lot at the put-in. For boats launched from the state boat ramp the motor must be under 10hp (or electric). (This pond is stocked with trout several times a year.)

On Bullock's Cove, off Metropolitan Park Drive Barrington, RI Phone: 401-253-7482

This park on the Bay has a wheelchair- and handicap-accessible boat ramp. See full description of Haines Memorial State Park .

Barber Pond

Barber's Pond Road, off Route 2 South Kingstown, RI Phone:

Electric trolling motors only. Gravel ramp. Parking available. State operated.

Galilee boat ramp

Corner of Galilee Road and Great Island Road., southeast side of Great Island Bridge Narragansett, RI Phone:

Linked concrete planks form a double ramp. Parking is available. Busy on summer weekends. Handicap access.

at Route 3 (Nooseneck Road) West Greenwich, RI Phone:

this place is for launching small boats like canoes and kayaks. From here you can paddly upstream or downstream. Big River is very slow moving. Heading downstream from here takes you under Route 3 and then under I-95 and into Reynolds Pond. Upstream from Route 3 you are heading into Big River Management Area. See website for more description.

Off route 215 just south of intersection with Route 91 Hopkinton, RI Phone:

The natural gravel shoreline of the river can be used as a boat ramp for small, trailered boats, but is better for launching hand carried boats.

Wickford

east end of Intrepid Drive North Kingstown, RI Phone:

Off Post Road, Route 1, near fire station. The linked concrete plank is moderately steep. Depth at mean low water is three feet. Portable toilets. Parking is available.

off Burma Road Portsmouth, RI Phone:

One mile south of Stringham Road and south of Melville complex. Concrete ramp is handicap accesssible. Plenty of vehicle and trailer parking. Four feet reported at mean low water.

off Larry Hirsch Lane Westerly, RI Phone:

At the access site there is a gravel parking lot and a cement plank boat ramp. No motors over 10 hp may be launched here. Invasive species have made it hard to fish and boat on Chapman's Pond. Please wash your boat, motor, trailer, and gear after leaving Chapman Pond to prevent transporting invasive species to other ponds.

Fort Wetherill Road Jamestown, RI Phone: 401-423-1771

Great views of Newport; good for scuba diving, boating, fishing, hiking

A boat ramp is located at the southeast end of Ocean Street, off Walcott Avenue (Route 138). It is a linked concrete plank for car-top vessels only. It is handicapped accessible, and chemical toilets are available. See full description of Fort Wetherill State Park.

Wyoming Pond (Wood River)

Bridge Street and Nooseneack Hill road Richmond, RI Phone:

26 acres. Location: Route 95 to Route 138W, site just past intersection of Routes 3 and 138 and Bridge Street, on the right. Gravel ramp. Parking: Yes

345 Ives Road Warwick, RI, 02818 Phone: 401-884-2010

Bayside park for walking, picnics, games, swimming, horseback riding

This park has a concrete planks ramp at the west end of the park near the beach. Boats may be launched only at high tide. Lots of parking for trailers. See full description of Goddard Memorial Staste park.

Worden's Pond Road South Kingstown, RI Phone:

Take Route 138 to Route 110 to Worden's Pond Road. Take right after one-half mile on north side. Ramp is a cement slab. Parking available.