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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: George B. Salter Grove
Driving Landmarks: From Route 117/Warwick Ave. take Narragansett Parkway east. In 1.5 miles look for a sign for George B. Salter Memorial Grove on the right.
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Shoreline: The shoreline here is a somewhat muddy beach that is best accessed at higher tides. If it looks too muddy at the area right next to the parking lot try walking 100 feet out along the path that leads to the breakwater, where the bottom is somewhat firmer at low tide. This is also a good option if you want to head south without making a bit loop out around the breakwater.
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 50 feet
Parking: parking lot, 16 spaces
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? yes
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 is no boat ramp here, but the shoreline is suitable for launching hand carried boats. An extensive breakwater protects a large area north of this access site and south of Pawtuxet Cove, making for a large, sheltered area good for less experienced paddlers as long as you keep an eye out for pleasure craft. Heading beyond the breakwater puts you in the Providence River, where caution should be used both because this is a large body of water that can easily become rough and because the river is used by large commercial vessels going to and from the Port of Providence.
A mile north of this put-in, in Pawtuxet Cove, is the mouth of the Pawtuxet River and with the recent removal of the old dam at the mouth of the river it is now possible to paddle from the cove into the river, if you time the tides correctly. For more details see the information on the put-in at Pawtuxet Village Park (Asprey Boat House).
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.