Goddard State Park
This 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.
Comments & Overview:
Goddard State Park is a large state park with many amenities, including a concrete plank boat ramp. However, the ramp is in poor condition and only usable for trailered boats at high tide. For boats on trailers, the municipal boat ramp on the other side of Greenwich Cove is likely to be better. For everyone else, Goddard Park has much to offer, from beaches to walking trails to fishing, restrooms, and picnic areas. In the off-season it is also possible to launch hand-carried boats from the far east end of the swimming beach. Goddard State Park provides access to Greenwich Cove, Greenwich Bay and Narragansett Bay beyond. Greenwich Cove is very sheltered but can be busy. Greenwich Bay can be rough if the wind picks up and it can also be busy in the summer, but under most conditions this is a fine area for less experienced paddlers. On most days the southwest wind does fill in strongly in this area in the morning and blow throughout the afternoon, producing significant waves on Greenwich Bay, so be prepared for this when planning your trip.
This site provides access to the following water bodies: Greenwich Cove, Greenwich Bay, Narragansett Bay.
Nearest Town Center: East Greenwich
Driving Landmarks: From Route 4 take the exit for Route 401 (Division Street). Take a right at the end of the ramp (this applies no matter which way you were going on Route 4). Follow 401 into downtown East Greenwich and take a right at the stop light onto Main Street (Route 1). Go 1/2 mile south on Main Street then turn left onto Old Forge Road. Old Forge Road becomes Ives Road, which leads to the park. During the summer enter through the main entrance, which is at the far (east) end of the park (about 2 miles from Main Street) and then backtrack to the boat ramp, which is at the west end of the park. During the off-season you can enter at the west end through the white stone pillars (not the horse farm/farmers market entrance).
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 ramp
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Shoreline: Concrete plank boat ramp and gravel beach
Hours of Operation: Sunrise to sunset, year-round
Fees: Ther e is no fee for the boat ramp, but there are fees for some of the other park amenities
Parking: parking lot, 50 spaces
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Public Restrooms: In season there are public restrooms not too far from the boat ramp.
Sources for More Information:
Other Guidebooks: Sites 14 and 15 in Ed Mullen's book "Kayaking Narragansett Bay"
Website: Goddard Memorial State Park website
Website: Mike Krabach's kayak access website
Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:
Goddard Memorial State Park is an almost 500 acre park on the south side of Greenwich Bay. It is one of the most popular state parks in Rhode Island and has many amenities, from a swimming beach to picnic areas, to walking trails, to a golf course.
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This site report was last updated on June 5, 2011