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This mapper will help you locate boat launches and other points of interest to for small boat recreation throughout the state of Rhode Island. To get started, click anywhere on the map to zoom in on that area. To zoom out use the zoom control to the left of the map. Once you have zoomed in, boat launches and other points of interest will show up on the map as clickable red icons (see the key below the map). Click on an icon to get more information about that location. If you prefer to search by criteria or simply look up a site by name, try the boat launch search page. If you have a high-speed Internet connection (e.g., DSL or Cable), you may want to try our Google-based mapping system which also includes sites in the Narragansett Bay Watershed in Massachusetts.
The location you clicked on is a site for launching hand-carried boats such as canoes or kayaks.
Site Name: Compass Rose Beach
Alternate Site Name: Quonset Point
Town: North Kingstown
Driving Landmarks: From Route 4 take exit 7 to Route 402/403 (to Quonset Point) and continue on Route 403. After going over the new railroad overpass, stay on the expressway, (do not exit at West Davisville Road.) Follow the signs to Quonset Point which will put you on Roger Williams Way, which parallels the railroad tracks. About 2 miles after the exit for West Davisville Road, take a right on a dirt road to the submarine assembly area. The launch site is 150 yards south on this road.
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Shoreline: The shoreline is a broad, sandy beach.
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 100 feet
Parking: parking lot, 100 spaces
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Water 'Features' At Site: estuary
Note: Because one boat launch can access, say, both a lake and a river or both the upstream and downstream portions of a river, not all paddling trips at a given site will necessarily encounter all of the features listed.
Comments & Overview:This is the old sea plane beach at Quonset Point. It is a popular place to launch small craft such as Hobie Cats and similar craft. The beach is exposed to the south so some surf is common, and once on the water there is no shelter so be prepared for wind and waves. Heading west takes you towards Wickford Harbor, which is 1.5 miles away, beyond a long breakwater. Heading east takes you into the port area of Quonset where large vessels may be encountered and the shoreline is often a tall bulkhead.
On most days the southwest wind fills in strongly in this area in the morning and blows briskly throughout the afternoon, producing strong waves, so be prepared for this when planning your trip.
For more details see the full site report
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Credits: The data for the base maps was provided by the Rhode Island Geographic Information System (RIGIS) and the Office of Geographic and Environmental Information (MassGIS), Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Executive Office of Environmental Affairs. The site data came from numerous sources and organizations. Much of it was collected through the hard work of volunteers for various conservation, watershed and outdoor recreation groups around the state of Rhode Island.