State Pier #5
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:
This state boat ramp is 3/4 mile south of Narragansett Beach. Parking is limited and fills up quickly with fisherman on the weekends.
The ramp is concrete, but there is a steep drop off at the end of the ramp making it problematic for trailered boats, especially at low tide. The small sandy beach between the ramp and the pier is good for launching kayaks.
Once on the water here you are on the open waters of Rhode Island Sound, with nothing but open ocean between you and South America! You can head north along the shore towards Narragansett Beach and the entrance to the Narrow River beyond, or south towards Point Judith. Going in either direction you should expect strong winds and large waves. The area at the mouth of the Narrow River is often particularly rough.
This site provides access to the following water bodies: Rhode Island Sound.
Alternate Site Name: Monahan's Dock
Nearest Town Center: Narragansett, RI
Driving Landmarks: From Narragansett Beach head south under the towers and go 0.6 miles. You will be paralleling the seawall the whole time. After the road takes a jog to the right look for a turnout to the left to the State Pier.
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 ramp
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Shoreline: Concrete boat ramp with a small, sandy beach next to the pier. Otherwise the shoreline is largely rocky.
Parking: parking lot, 10 spaces
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Sources for More Information:
Other Guidebooks: Site 34 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 February 22, 2012