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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.
The location you clicked on is a site for launching hand-carried boats such as canoes or kayaks.
Site Name: Wamsutta Avenue
Driving Landmarks: From Route 114 north or south, take the Massasoit Avenue bridge across the Barrington River (by the big white church) and take an immediate right onto Bowden Avenue. In two blocks look for a path leading down to the water opposite Wamsutta Avenue. The right of way is not well marked.
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Shoreline: The shoreline is sandy and marshy
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 200 feet
Parking: parking lot
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:This town right of way provides access to the Barrington River for hand carried boats. From this put-in you can head north into One Hundred Acre Cove (but be prepared for very strong tidal currents under the Massasoit Avenue bridge), which is a large tidal estuary. Large parts of the shoreline of One Hundred Acre Cove are protected open space owned by various conservation organizations and agencies.
You can also head south from this put-in down the Barrington River towards the junction with the Warren River and ultimately Narragansett Bay. The further south you go the busier this river is likely to get.
WARNING: The tide runs very strongly through the narrow areas in both the Barrington and Palmer Rivers, especially under the bridges, making these areas treacherous for small boats. Use great caution near any of these bridges! Remember that at slack tide there may be little or no current but a short while later the current may be very strong. The nearby Barrington River - 100 Acre Cove put-in is a better place to put in for a paddle on One Hundred Acre Cove .
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.