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 boats from trailers. Boat ramps can normally be used to launch canoes and kayaks but please do your best to keep the boat ramp clear for boat trailers.
Site Name: Oakland Beach Boat Ramp
Driving Landmarks: From Route 117 (West Shore Road) take Oakland Beach Avenue south for 1 mile. When you come to the divided parkway do not go straight ahead into the park; instead turn left onto Suburban Parkway. Go 0.2 miles on Suburban Parkway and turn right onto Bay Avenue. The boat ramp is just ahead at the end of Bay Avenue.
Shoreline: Two hard surface boat ramps with adjacent sandy shoreline
Float/Dock: low float or dock
Parking: parking lot, 50 spaces
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
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:There are two boat ramps at this site, with a dock between, plus a sandy beach beside the ramps suitable for launching hand-carried boats. Going north from the launch site will take you into Warwick Cove, where there are many marinas. Heading west from the launch site will take you in front of Oakland Beach and from there you can continue west or turn up into Brushneck Cove. Heading south from the launch site will take you towards Warwick Point and Warwick Neck Lighthouse. From there experienced paddlers can continue on across the mile of open water to Patience and Prudence Islands. 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.
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.