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Site Name: Wilson Park
Town: North Kingstown
Driving Landmarks: On Route 1 south, just before Wickford, you will pass a Rhode Island State Police Barracks on your right. In another 0.2 miles, turn right onto Intrepid Drive. There is a small sign for Wilson Park at this turn. Follow Intrepid Drive straight ahead to its end at the parking lot for the boat ramp. The boat ramp is at the east end of this parking lot, near a small gazebo.
Coming from the south on Route 1 north the turn onto Intrepid Drive is 0.2 miles after you pass the traffic light for West Main Street.
Shoreline: sandy shoreline and concrete plank boat ramp
Float/Dock: low float or dock
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:The boat ramp here is in poor condition but there is plenty of shoreline from which to launch hand carried boats. The better area for launching hand carried boats is on Mill Cove, behind the picnic area, away from the boat ramp. There is a marshy beach here. If the parking lot at the boat ramp is full there is more parking in a lot and field behind the primary lot.
Wickford Harbor is a convoluted cove with many coves and islands to explore in a kayak or other small boat making it a great place for kayaking. The waters are sheltered but boat traffic should be expected. Outside the breakwaters, Wickford Harbor opens up to the broad waters of Narragansett Bay, with Quonset Point to the north; and Rome Point, Bissel Cove, Fox Island and the Jamestown Bridge to the south. On most days the southwest wind fills in strongly in this area in the morning and blows briskly throughout the afternoon, producing strong waves once you are outside of the harbor, so be prepared for this when planning your trip.
On the nautical charts, the point the boat ramp is located on is identified as "Long Point."
(This description as well as the driving directions are adapted in part from Ed Mullen's book "Kayaking Narragansett Bay" and from Mike Krabach's kayak access website)
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