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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.
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Site Name: Bold Point Park
Town: East Providence
Driving Landmarks: Heading EAST on I-195 take exit 4. Merge onto Veterans Memorial Pkwy and then take an almost immediate right onto Mauran Avenue followed by a left onto Pier Road, which leads to the park.
Heading WEST on I-195 take take exit 6 in East Providence. Turn left under the highway and then turn right onto Warren Avenue. Go 0.7 miles and turn left on 1st Street. Go one block and turn right Mauran Avenue. Go two blocks and turn left onto Pier Road, which leads to the park.
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? yes
Shoreline: There is a two-lane concrete boat ramp here, with a handicapped accessible dock. However, it has been reported that the railing for the dock is missing, which may make it less accessible for the handicapped.
Float/Dock: low float or dock
Parking: parking lot
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? yes
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 newly rebuilt site provides good access to the Providence and Seekonk Rivers. Heading north and east from the site takes you through the narrows into the Seekonk, but be prepared for strong tidal currents through the narrows!
Heading west and south from the site takes you down the Providence River. Keep a sharp eye out for commercial vessels and stay well clear of them and the docks they use. Port security will not look kindly on small boats poking in amongst the commercial docks!
You can also cross over to India Point and follow the shoreline of India Point Park west around India Point and up the Providence River (through the hurricane barrier). As long as you stay close to shore, this route keeps you clear of most, but not all of the areas used by commercial vessels.
This put-in is on the new Roger Williams Trail that traces the route Roger Williams and his followers took in 1636 when they paddled by canoe from what is now East Providence to Providence, to settle and found what would become the state of Rhode Island.
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.