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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: Third Beach
Alternate Site Name: Middletown Town Beach
Driving Landmarks: From Route 138 take Route 138A south for 1 mile and turn left onto Green Hill Avenue. Go 1.4 miles and turn right onto 3rd Beach Road. Follow 3rd Beach Road 1.5 miles to Third Beach.
Coming from the west side of Narragansett Bay, take Route 138 across the Jamestown and Newport Bridges, and continue straight (do not take the downtown exit) on Route 138 to the exit for Admiral Kalabfus Road. At the stoplight, turn left (east). This will put you on Admiral Kalabfus Road heading east. Continue straight ahead as Admiral Kalabfus Road becomes Miantonomi Avenue and then Green Hill Avenue. 2 miles from where you got onto Admiral Kalabfus Road turn right onto 3rd Beach Road. Follow 3rd Beach Road 1.5 miles to Third Beach.
cross Rt 138/114 onto Miantonomi Ave and continue crossing Rt 138A onto Green End Ave.
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Shoreline: concrete boat ramp and sandy beach
Parking: parking lot, 200 spaces
Water 'Features' At Site: 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:Third Beach is a town-owned bathing beach. During the day, in the bathing season, there is a parking fee. There are no fees in the evening or out of season. A cement slab boat ramp provides access to the Sakonnet River near where it enters Rhode Island Sound as well as an area of beach that can be used to launch hand-carried boats. The waters right off Third Beach are sheltered by Flint Point but once away from the beach you are on the open waters of the mouth of the Sakonnet River where it flows into Rhode Island Sound and the open waters of the Atlantic Ocean.
On most days the southwest wind fills in strongly in this area in the morning and blows briskly throughout the afternoon, producing strong 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.