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: Brush Neck Cove
Driving Landmarks: From the intersection of West Shore Road (route 117) and Oakland Beach Avenue take Oakland Beach Avenue south for 1 mile and then turn right on Suburban Parkway. Go 0.2 miles to Seaview Avenue and park in the area on the left side of the road.
Shoreline: There is a nice sandy beach here from which to launch.
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 50 feet
Parking: parking lot, 10 spaces
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:Heading north from the launch area takes you into Brush Neck Cove, which is narrow but over a mile long. Buttonwoods Cove, to the west, is similar, but not as long. These coves are full of seabirds but are best enjoyed at high tide. Heading south takes you into Greenwich Bay but the tide runs hard through this entrance so skill is required to successfully navigate this passage when the tide is running. Look at what the current is doing off the beach before you get on the water! On most days the southwest wind fills in strongly in this area in the morning and blows throughout the afternoon, producing significant waves on Greenwich Bay, so be prepared for this when planning your trip. (Parts of this description were adapted from Ed Mullen's book "Kayaking Narragansett Bay")
For more details see the full site report
The data on this website comes from many sources, including volunteers and organizations across the state of Rhode Island and nearby parts of Massachusetts. We have done our best to make sure the data are accurate and up to date, but any information critical to the success of your trip should be confirmed before you start. The maps and information on this website should not be substituted for nautical charts, topographic maps, or other more detailed maps and guides. We welcome corrections and additions. To send a correction or provide other feedback, please use our feedback form.
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.