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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: Shawomet Boat Ramp
Alternate Site Name: Conimicut Point Park Boat Ramp
Driving Landmarks: Heading east on Route 117 (West Shore Road), after you pass the intersection with Oakland Beach Avenue go 1.9 miles to Economy Drive and turn right and then almost immediately turn left onto Symonds Road. Go 0.3 miles to the end of Symonds Road and then turn right onto Shawomet Road. The boat ramp is 0.6 miles ahead at the end of Shawomet Road.
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Shoreline: The shoreline is sandy.
Parking: parking lot, 15 spaces
Water 'Features' At Site: estuary, 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:The boat ramp is officially a cement plank ramp but it is often covered by sand and their is not that much depth at the end, so this ramp is best for hand carried boats and relatively lightweight trailered boats pulled by a vehicle with four wheel drive. Once on the water, you can go in many directions from this site. Occipessatuxet Cove is northwest of here and has a great tidal creek at its western end. Due west from the south side of Conimicut Point is the exit of Buckeye Brook, which at high tide can be followed all the way to Route 117. You are launching onto the open waters of upper Narragansett Bay so wind, waves and boat traffic should be expected. On most days the southwest wind fills in strongly in this area in the morning and blows throughout the afternoon, producing significant waves, 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
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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.