George B. Salter Grove
This is a site for launching hand-carried boats such as canoes or kayaks.
Description & 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).
This site provides access to the following water bodies: Providence River.
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.
Access & Waters:
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.
Type of Access: Boat launch for hand carried boats
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
Sources for More Information:
Other Guidebooks: Site 6 in Ed Mullen's book "Kayaking Narragansett Bay"
Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:
George B. Salter Grove is a pleasant little park with grassy areas and views out over the bay.
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This site report was last updated on October 29, 2011