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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 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: Stillhouse Cove
Alternate Site Name: Rhode Island Yacht Club
Driving Landmarks: From I-95 take exit 16 to Route 10 east. At the end of Route 10, turn left onto Route 12 east (Park Ave.). Follow Park Avenue across Route 1 and on to Broad Street. Turn right on Broad Street and then left onto Ocean Avenue in 1/2 mile. Follow Ocean Avenue down to the cove.
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Shoreline: The shoreline is rocky with riprap and cobbles near the high tide line, transitioning to sand and then muddy gravel as the tide recedes. The boat ramp ends above the low tide line in sand and gravel that has a very gentle slope, so this ramp is only useful to trailered boats at high tide.
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 25 feet
Parking: on street
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:The shoreline at Stillhouse Cove is a public park that is basically a grassy strip at the southern end of Narragansett Boulevard, overlooking Rhode Island Yacht Club. There is on street parking on the south side of Ocean Avenue, at the south end of the cove. If launching hand carried boats park on Ocean Avenue and carry the boats to the cove. There is a boat ramp but it is only usable for trailered boats at very high tides due to the poor condition of the ramp. There is also no space between the head of the ramp and Narragansett Boulevard, meaning that you need to be proficient with backing up your trailer to avoid blocking the road for long periods of time. This site works fine at all tides as an access site for hand carried boats. AT low tide you can also follow Ocean Ave. to the end and go down the public stairs there and launch from the beach. However, this beach disappears at high tide. This site provides access to the lower Providence River, which can get rough. Stay clear of commercial traffic following the channel to and from the Port of Providence.
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.