Rhode Island Public Boat Launching Sites

Freshwater Boat Ramps

Saltwater Boat Ramps 

Freshwater Boat Ramps

(S)= State-owned & operated, (T)= Town/City-owned & operated, (A)= Handicapped accessible

TOWN LOCATION HP RESTRICTION PARKING
Burrillville Clear River access to Harrisville Pond, Rt. 100 from Chepachet to Rt. 98 to Harrisville, site is ¼ mile north of Harrisville Village on left. Cement slab ramp
(S) State-owned & operated
None Yes
  Union Pond 8 acres. Rt. 44 to Rt. 100, left on Reservoir Rd.
(S) State-owned & operated
Electric trolling motors only Yes
  Spring Lake 96 acres. Rt. 102 to Joslin Rd., to Spring Lake Rd., to Blackhut Rd., access site on the right. Cement slab.
(S) State-owned & operated
Electric trolling motors only Yes
  Wakefield Pond 72 acres. Rt. 100 N., to left on Wakefield Pond Rd., to left on Lee Circle, to top of hill, a right to bottom of hill, take left. Ramp is on right.
(S) State-owned & operated
10 HP limit unless special permit from F&W Yes
  Wilson Reservoir 127 acres. Rte. 100 from Chepachet to Wallum Lake Rd., left ½ mile on East Wallum Lake Rd.
(S) State-owned & operated
10 HP limit unless special permit from F&W Yes
Charlestown Watchaug Pond Rte 1 S., Charlestown, to exit for Burlingame State Park & Picnic Area ( Prosser Trail) to left onto Sanctuary Rd. There is a sign for the park. Follow Sanctuary Rd. past Burlingame State Park and Picnic Area where it turns into a dirt road, ramp is on the right.
(A) Handicapped Accessible
none Yes
Cranston John L. Curran Public Fishing Area 38 acres. Fiskville Reservoir. Rt. 295 N to Scituate Ave., west to Seven Mile Rd. pond on left
(S) State-owned & operated
10 HP limit Yes
Coventry Carbuncle Pond 48 acres. Rt. 102 to Rt. 14, 4.5 miles on Rte. 14, sign and road on left.
(S) State-owned & operated
Electric trolling motors only Yes
  Tiogue Lake 215 acres Glen Drive Ramp - Arnold Rd. to Crestwood Rd., take a left onto North Glen Dr., follow to end.
(S) State-owned & operated
None limited
  Tiogue Lake 215 acres - off Rt. 3
(T) Town/City-owned & operated
None limited
  Zeke's Bridge access to Big River and portions of Johnson's Pond. Rt. 3 to Harkney Hill Rd., 2 miles on right. Cement slab
(S) State-owned & operated
None Yes
Exeter Breakheart Pond 33 acres. In Arcadia Management Area. Rt. 3, to Rt. 165, to Frosty Hollow Rd., to Austin Farm Rd., ¼ mile. Gravel ramp. 10 HP limit Yes
  Beach Pond 340 acres. none Yes
Foster Shippee Saw Mill Pond Rt. 6 to Rt. 94 North, left to Willoughby Young Rd., Electric trolling motors only Yes
Glocester Bowdish Reservoir 126 acres. Rt. 44, Glocester, to George Washington Camp Ground entrance, 3rd left to boat ramp. Concrete slab 10 HP limit Yes
  Clarkville Pond Rte. 44 Glocester to Richardson clearing trail, to Cold Spring Trail, first left off cold spring trail.
(S) State-owned & operated
Electric trolling motors only Yes
  Keech Pond 129 acres. Rt. 44 Glocester to Chestnut Hill Rd., to Indian Trail, to end, ramp on left. 10 HP limit Yes
  Lake Washington 42 acres. Rt. 44 to Lake Washington Dr. Electric trolling motors only Yes
  Pascoag Reservoir (Echo Lake) 352 acres Rt. 44 West to Jackson School House Rd., North, site is ½ mile on the right.
(S) State-owned & operated
(A) Handicapped Accessible
10 HP limit from Saturday before Memorial Day until the day after Labor Day unless special permit from F&W. Yes
  Smith & Sayles Reservoir 186 acres. Rt. 44 Glocester to Chestnut Hill Rd., to Sand Dam Rd.
(S) State-owned & operated
10 HP limit Yes
Hopkinton Alton Landing access to Wood River and Alton Pond Rt. 95, to Rt. 138, to Hope Valley Rd., to Rt. 91, ¾ miles on right.
(S) State-owned & operated
No motors Yes
  Ashville Pond 32 acres. Rt. 95 to Rt. 3, to Canochet Rd., 1¾ miles on left.
(S) State-owned & operated
10 HP limit Yes
  Locustville Pond 83 acres. Rt. 95 S to Rt. 138, right onto Bank St., to Fairview Ave., entrance to lot and ramp on left, bear to the right of fork. Gravel ramp.
(S) State-owned & operated
10 HP limit Yes
  Mechanic's Street Access Site Rt. 95 S to Rt. 3, to Mechanic St., site at bottom of hill on let, canoes and small car-top boats. Access to Wood River provided.
(S) State-owned & operated
None limited
  Moscow Pond 18 acres. Rt. 95 S to Rt. 138 W, to Woody Hill Rd., car-top boats, unimproved ramp.
(S) State-owned & operated
None limited
  Wood River AccessGrantvill, Hope Valley Rd.
(S) State-owned & operated
None limited
  Blue Pone Rt. 95S to Rt. 3, to Canochet Rd., and walk in. Canoe Launching
(S) State-owned & operated
None limited
Lincoln Olney Pond 126 acres. Lincoln Woods State Park. Rte 95N, to Rt 146. 3½ miles to State Park.
(S) State-owned & operated
All power boats prohibited on Sat., Sun. & Holidays 6/5 thru 9/15 Yes
North Kingstown Silver Spring Lake 10 acres. Directly off Tower Hill Rd. at junction Rt. 1 and Rt. 4
(S) State-owned & operated
Electric trolling motors only Yes
North Smithfield Upper Slatersville Reservoir 147 acres. Rt. 295 N, to Rt. 7 N, to Rt. 102 N., approx. 1¼ mile on right. Slab ramp
(S) State-owned & operated
none Yes
Smithfield Woonasquatucket Reservoir (Stump Pond) 304 acres. Rt.5 to Log Road
(S) State-owned & operated. Slab ramp
(S) State-owned & operated
10 HP limit Yes
Portsmouth Melville Public Fishing Area 6 acres. Mostly shore fishing Off Rt. 114, car-top launching
(T) Town/City-owned & operated
(S) State-owned & operated
none Yes
Richmond Access to Pawcatuck River Biscuit City Landing at Biscuit City Rd., Rt. 2 S., approx. 5 miles past the Rt. 138 intersection turn left onto Biscuit City Rd.
(S) State-owned & operated (Gravel ramp) Richmond Landing to Pawcatuck River, Rt. 95 to Rt. 138 E. to Re 112, to Rt. 91, 2 miles on left side near bridge.
(S) State-owned & operated
none Yes
  Wyoming Pond 26 acres. Rt.95 to Rt. 138W., site just past intersection of Rts 3 and 138 on the right. NOTICE: The Wyoming Upper Reservoir Dam is scheduled to receive much-needed repairs. Construction work is expected to include closure of the parking lot and limited access to the boat launch (cartop boats carried in/out only; no fishing access) starting on or around June 30, 2021. Paddlers may want to consider using the Skunk Hill Road access point to the Wood River for put-in/take-out. DEM expects the work to last through Spring 2022.
(S) State-owned & operated. Gravel ramp
none Yes
Scituate Upper Pawtuxet River, Hope Landing access Rt.116 to Hope Furnace Rd.
(S) State-owned & operated
Electric trolling motors only Yes
South Kingstown Indian Lake 199 acres. Off Tower Hill Rd. (Rt.1)
(S) State-owned & operated
(A) Handicapped Accessible
(S) State-owned & operated
10 HP limit Yes
  Barber Pond 28 acres. Rt.102 to Rt. 2 S., about 7 miles on right.
(S) State-owned & operated Gravel ramp
(S) State-owned & operated
Electric trolling motors only Yes
  Taylor's Landing to Chepuxet River, Rt. 4 to Rt. 138 E., 6 miles to Liberty Lane, West Kingston. Mainly canoes and small boats
(S) State-owned & operated.
none Yes
  Tucker Pond 101 acres. Rt.138 to Rt. 110, to Tuckertown Rd., left about ½ mile
(S) State-owned & operated. Cement slab
10 HP limit Yes
  Worden's Pond 1043 acres. Rt. 138 to Rt. 110 to Worden's Pond Rd., take right ½ mile on north side
(S) State-owned & operated. Cement Slab ramp
(S) State-owned & operated
none Yes
Tiverton Stafford Pond 476 acres. Rt. 24 E. to Fish Road S., to Bulgarmarsh Rd., take left on Rt. 81 (Stafford Pond Rd.), access on left
(S) State-owned & operated. Slab ramp
(S) State-owned & operated
10HP limit unless special permit from F&W Yes
Warwick Potowomut Pond 17 acres. Rt.1 to Essex Ave., to Potowomut Rd., site on left
(S) State-owned & operated.
none Yes
Westerly Bradford Landing on Pawcatuck River, Rt.95 Rockville Alton Rd., to Rt. 91, 3 miles on left
(S) State-owned & operated.
none Yes
  Chapman's Pond (Burden's) 164 acres. Rt. 95 to Rockville Alton Rd., to Rt. 91, to Westerly Bradford Rd., approx. 2½ miles on left,
(S) State-owned & operated. Cement slab ramp
(S) State-owned & operated
10 HP limit Yes
West Greenwich Big River Landing off Weaver Hill Rd. Rt. 95 to Weaver Hill Rd., turn right, ¼ mile on the right, stay to the right, ½ mile on dirt road.
(S) State-owned & operated.
none Yes
  Tarbox Pond 15 acres. Rt. 95 to Rt. 3, to Division Road, to Hopkins Hill Rd., south of the New London Turnpike
(S) State-owned & operated.
none Yes

Saltwater Boat Ramps

Please see below for a map of saltwater boating access sites throughout Rhode Island. The sites are State-owned and currently in usable condition. A list of these locations with brief descriptions is found below. When utilizing these boating access sites, please be respectful of other users and properly dispose of all trash and waste.

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TOWN SITE # DRIVING DIRECTIONS NAME DESCRIPTION DEPTH AT MLW
Westerly 1 Directions Main Street Main St., concrete slab ramp 4 ft.
Charlestown 2 Directions Quonochontaug Breachway Off West Beach Rd., concrete plank ramp 3 ft.
3 Directions Charlestown Breachway West end of Charlestown Beach Rd., linked concrete slabs 3 ft.
4 Directions Charlestown Off of Charlestown Beach Rd. Natural Shoreline, gravel base N/A
Narragansett 5 Directions Galilee Corner of Galilee Rd., and Great Island Rd., southeast side of Great Island Bridge. Linked concrete planks – double ramp 4 ft.
6 Directions Monahan’s Dock East Side of Ocean Rd., at South Pier Rd., concrete – steep drop 3-4 ft.
South Kingstown 7 Directions Narrow River Off Middlebridge Rd. on Pollock Ave., concrete planks 3 ft.
8 Directions Marina Park Route 1., concrete slabs N/A
Newport 9 Directions Fort Adams Off Harriston Ave. 3 ft.
Middletown 10 Directions Third Beach
(T) Town/City-owned & operated
Concrete ramp. Parking fee when beach is open N/A
Little Compton 11 Directions Sakonnet Point Sakonnet Point Rd. (Rt. 77). North side of Town Landing Rd., linked concrete planks 2 ft
North Kingstown 12 Directions Wilson Park East end of Intrepid Dr., off Post Rd., Rt. 1, near fire station. Linked concrete plank – moderately steep 3 ft
Tiverton 13 Directions Fogland End of Fogland Rd., at High Hill Rd. Linked concrete planks N/A
14 Directions Sakonnet River Bridge Underneath new Sakonnet bridge., off Riverside Dr. concrete planks, strong currents N/A
Portsmouth 15 Directions Weaver Cove On Burma Rd. South of Melville complex. Concrete slabs 4 ft
16 Directions Gull Cove Accessed via turnoff from RI 138 E/24 E. Linked concrete planks 2 ft
17 Directions Stone Bridge Off Rte. 138 at junction of Park Ave and Point Rd., at Teddy’s Beach 3 ft
Prudence Island 18 Directions Homestead On Prudence Island, off Narragansett Ave., north of Prudence Variety N/A
East Greenwich 19 Directions Greenwich Cove Pole #6, Crompton Ave. Concrete slab N/A
Warwick 19 Directions Goddard Goddard State Park. Paved parking lot. Ramp is fully-accessible.
(S) State-owned & operated
(A) Handicapped Accessible
N/A
20 Directions Oakland Beach Warwick Cove. Oakland Beach Ave. Take last left. East side of Oakland Beach. Concrete ramp <4 ft
Bristol 21 Directions Independence Park At the foot of Church St., off of Rt. 114. Linked concrete slab N/A
22 Directions Colt State Park Off of Hope St. (Rt. 114), concrete ramp 4 ft
23 Directions Annawanscutt Annawanscutt Dr., off Metacom Ave. (Rt. 136), past Veteran’s Home. Linked concrete planks >2 ft
Warren 24 Directions Warren West side of Water St., at Wheaton St., cement slab N/A
Barrington 25 Directions Haines Memorial State Park On Bullock’s Cove, off Metropolitan Park Dr. concrete slab
(A) Handicapped Accessible
4 ft.
East Providence 26 Directions Sabin Point Off Bulluck’s Point Ave. Hard packed Sand N/A
27 Directions Bold Point Off Veteran’s Memorial Pkwy., via Mauran Ave. at the end of Pier Rd. Concrete slab 4 ft.
Providence 28 Directions Gano Park End of of East Transit St. Concrete slab N/A
Pawtucket 29 Directions Festival Pier End of Tim Healey Way, off of School St. (Rt. 114). Concrete slab N/A
30 Directions Pawtucket East side of Taft St., just south of Rt. 95 bridge. Linked concrete planks N/A
* Please note that some boating access sites may require a permit or fee for parking and/or use.
N/A= Information not available