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Kings Beach

41° 27.218' N    71° 20.547' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Map Server   EarthNC   Acme Maps

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This is a site for launching hand-carried boats such as canoes or kayaks.

Description & Overview:

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Kings Beach is a fishing access site at the east end of Brenton Point State Park. There is a gravel parking lot here and a gravelly "beach" that in good weather can be used to launch sea kayaks, but only very experienced kayakers should attempt to paddle in this area because the shoreline is rugged and there is no shelter from waves sweeping in off the Atlantic Ocean. The water can go from calm to boiling breakers with little warning. Pay attention to the tidal currents as well. While the tides are not usually that strong right off the shore here, if you round Brenton Point they can be much stronger going in and out of the East Passage. Heading west from this site takes you along the rocky shoreline of Brenton Point State Park towards the Brenton Point and the entrance to the East Passage. Heading east takes you along more rocky shoreline on the way to Lands End.

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.

This site provides access to the following water bodies: Rhode Island Sound.


Alternate Site Name: Ocean Avenue

Town: Newport

Driving Landmarks: From the Fisherman's Memorial on Ocean Drive at Brenton Point continue east 0.8 miles on Ocean Avenue and look for a small sign on the right for Kings Beach Fishing Area. Turn right and follow this dirt road to the end.

Access & Waters:

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.

Type of Access: Boat launch for hand carried boats

ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no

Shoreline: Rocks and gravel and the remnants of a concrete boat ramp

Float/Dock: no

Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 100 feet


Parking: parking lot, 20 spaces

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no

Nearby Amenities:

Public Restrooms: There are public restrooms nearby at the main building at Brenton Point State Park.

Town Center: Newport

Sources for More Information:

Other Guidebooks: Site 32 in Ed Mullen's book "Kayaking Narragansett Bay"

Website: Mike Krabach's kayak access website

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This site report was last updated on June 5, 2011

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