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

Wyoming Pond (Wood River)

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

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.


Location: East end Intrepid Drive, off Post Road, Route 1, near fire station. Linked concrete plank - moderately steep. Portable toilets. Parking: Yes.

Barber's Pond

28 acres. Location: Route 102 to Route 2 South, about 7 miles on right. Gravel ramp. Parking: Yes

Woonasquatucket Reservoir (Stump Pond)

304 acres. Location: Route 5 to Log Road. Slab ramp. Parking: Yes.

Chapman's Pond (Burden's)

164 acres. Location: Route 95 to Rockville Alton Road, to Route 91, to Westerly Bradford Road, approximately 2½ miles on left. Cement slab ramp.

Charlestown Breachway

Location: Off the west end of Charlestown Beach Road. It borders Ninigret Pond on the north and Block Island Sound on the south. The area consists of a wide sandy beach on the ocean, a rock jetty, which is a popular fishing site, a recreational vehicle campground along the east arm of the breachway, and a wetland area bordering Ninigret Pond. Ninety parking spaces are available o- site. There is an entrance fee during the summer season. Picnic tables, benches, toilets, trash receptacles are on-site.

Wyoming Pond (Wood River)

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

Weaver Cove

Location: At Weaver Cove on Burma Road, one mile south of Stringham Road. South of Melville complex. Concrete ramp. Plenty of vehicle and trailer parking. A dock with handicap access is also available.

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.

Bowdish Reservoir

126 acres. Location: Route 44, Glocester, to George Washington Camp Ground entrance, 3rd left to boat ramp. Concrete slab. 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 State Park.

Big River

Location: Landing off Weaver Hill Road. Interstate 95 to Weaver Hill Road, turn right, ¼ mile on the right, stay to the right, ½ mile on dirt road. Parking: Yes.

Pascoag Reservoir (Echo Lake)

352 acres Location: Route 44 West to Jackson School House Rd., North, site is ½ mile on the right. Parking: Yes.


Location: Corner of Galilee Road and Great Island Road, Southeast side of Great Island Bridge. Linked concrete planks - double ramp. Parking: Yes. Busy on summer weekends. Handicap access.

Keech Pond

129 acres. Location: Route 44 Glocester to Chestnut Hill Road, to Indian Trail, to end, ramp on left. Parking: Yes.

Bradford Landing (Pawcatuck River)

Location: Route 95 to Exit 1, Rockville Alton Road, to Route 91, 3 miles on left. Parking: Yes.

Tucker's Pond

101 acres. Location: Route 138 to Route 110, to Tuckertown Road., left about ½ mile Cement slab. Parking: Yes

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).
Take a look at our State & Local Parks page for additional information about Lincoln Woods State Park.

Breakheart Pond

33 acres. Location: In Arcadia Management Area. Route 3, to Route 165, to Frosty Hollow Road, to Austin Farm Road, ¼ mile. Gravel ramp. Parking: Yes.

Stafford Pond

476 acres. Location: Route 24 East to Fish Road South, to Bulgarmarsh Road, take left on Route 81 (Stafford Pond Road), access on left. Slab ramp. Parking: Yes.

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.

Beach Pond

Off Route 165 Exeter, RI, 02822 Phone: 401-539-1052

340 acres. Location: Route 165 / Ten Rod Road. Launching on Connecticut side. Parking: Yes.

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.

Tiogue Lake

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

Wilson Reservoir

127 acres. Location: Route 100 from Chepachet to Wallum Lake Road, left ½ mile on East Wallum Lake Road. Parking: Yes.

Westerly Boat Ramp

Location: Main Street. Located on the Pawcatuck River between Union Street and School Street. Concrete slab ramp. Ample parking for vehicles and trailers. Handicap access.

Tiogue Lake

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

Worden's Pond

1,043 acres. Location: Route 138 to Route 110 to Worden's Pond Road, take right ½ mile on north side. Cement Slab ramp. Parking: Yes