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Fresh Water Beaches - RI Statewide


Although Rhode Island may be known as the “Ocean State,” its fresh water beaches are equally as plentiful and captivating as its saltwater beaches. From vast lakes to chilly kettle ponds, Rhode Island’s fresh water beaches span a range of experiences that suit any visitor. Whether you prefer to swim, relax by the water with a book, have an adventure on waterskis, or explore via kayak, there’s something for every beachgoer of every activity level. And you won’t have to deal with any crusty saltiness, seaweed between your toes or hugely crowded parking lots of the ocean beaches.

Spring Lake Beach in Burrillville RI
Spring Lake Beach

50 Old Hillside Drive Glendale, RI, 02826 Phone: 401-568-9474

Inland freshwater lake/beach

Recreational facility with 750 feet of beach front. Spring Lake has a children’s water slide and swim dock. Lifeguard on duty daily.
Amenities: Canoe and paddleboat rentals, volleyball court, food and drink, paddle boats, canoes, kayaks, entertainment, arcade, restrooms, shower, picnic site.
Season/Hours: 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. (through 8/27) or 6 p.m. (until 9/4)
Fees: Residents, $5; non-residents, $8
George Washington Management Area

2185 Putnam Pike Chepachet, RI, 02814 Phone: 401-568-2013

This wooded parcel of 3,000 acres offers swimming in the 226-acre Bowdish Reservoir. The shoreline is mostly rocky, and the reservoir is used by small boats.
Lincoln Woods State Park - Lincoln, RI - Photo Credit RI Commerce Corporation
Lincoln Woods State Park

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

Fresh water swimming at a beautiful inland lake in the woods of northern Rhode Island. Life guards on duty during the summer season. 
Beach at Governor John Lotte Memorial Park - North Providence, RI
Governor John Notte Memorial Park

1801 Douglas Avenue North Providence, RI, 02904 Phone: 401-349-5625

A freshwater beach on West River, full recreational facilities, and a peaceful waterfall. Lifeguards on duty daily starting July 1.
Amenities: Paddleboat rentals, ample parking, tennis courts, ball field, swings for children, picnic site.
Season/Hours: Summer; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Fees: Non-resident, $10; $40 per carload
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Briar Point Beach

Briar Point Avenue (off of Arnold Road) Coventry, RI Phone: 401-822-9107

Town-operated freshwater beach

Six-acre beach in Coventry, Rhode Island; clean water for swimming. Lifeguards on duty 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., June 22 through Labor Day.
Amenities: Picnic sites, playground, restrooms.
Season/Hours: Summer, dawn – dusk
Fees: Non-resident, $10
Pulaski Park: Peck Pond

151 Pulaski Road Glocester, RI, 02814 Phone: 401-568-2085

Inland/freshwater pond

Located off Route 44, just east of the Rhode Island/Connecticut state line, the Casimir Pulaski Memorial Recreation Area is part of Rhode Island’s George Washington Recreation Area. Swimming and fishing in Peck Pond.
Amenities: Picnic site, restrooms, hiking trails.
Season/Hours: Late May – Labor Day; dawn – dusk
Ninigret Park

Route 1A just off Route 1 Charlestown, RI, 02813 Phone: 401-364-1222

Pond swimming, fishing; playground, fields, nature center, Frisbee golf

Small pond in the park offer fresh water swimming from a sandy beach, and fishing from a picnic grove. Life guards on duty in season. Picnicking and a pavilion are nearby. Bathrooms are available.
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