Welcome to the ExploreRI Mapper
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: Potter Cove
Alternate Site Name: Taylor Point
Driving Landmarks: If you are on 138 (heading towards Newport) take the last exit before the tolls for the Pell Bridge. Follow the frontage road until you can turn left under Route 138 and then look for right turn onto Freebody Drive, just beyond Route 138.
If you are coming from Newport on Route 138 take the first exit after the tolls. At the end of the ramp turn right. Go 3/4 mile and then turn left onto Freebody Drive. If you go under route 138 you have gone too far.
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Shoreline: The bank leading from the parking lot down to the beach is a little steep, but once on the beach there is a nice sandy shoreline from which to launch sea kayaks and similar boats.
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 50 feet
Parking: parking lot, 20 spaces
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Water 'Features' At Site: ocean/bay
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:Potter Cove is a long sandy beach facing the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. The beach and Taylor Point, which is just south of the beach, are both part of a town park, which is popular for fishing, windsurfing, kayaking and picnicking. Once on the water here you are on the open waters of lower Narragansett Bay, where both large waves and heavy boat traffic, from sailboats and powerboats to large commercial and naval vessels should be expected.
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.