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Stone Bridge Boat Ramp

41° 37.553' N    71° 13.178' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Map Server   EarthNC   Acme Maps

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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.

Description & Overview:

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This asphalt and pre-cast cement slab boat ramp provides access to the Sakonnet River, near its upper end. The ramp is just north of the abutments of the old stone bridge (now a pier) that used to cross the Sakonnet River. On the south side of the old bridge abutment is a small state beach called "Teddy's Beach."

The channel here is narrow and likely to be busy and the tide also runs strongly through this channel. Heading south from here almost immediately takes you onto the broader, more open waters as the Sakonnet River opens up to 1 1/2 miles wide as it heads south towards the open ocean. Heading north from this area you can turn west (left) into "The Cove" where there are many coves and inlets to explore in a small boat, or you can continue north under the Sakonnet River Bridge to the open waters of Mount Hope Bay but be prepared for strong tidal currents in the narrows!

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: Sakonnet River.

Location:

Town: Portsmouth

Driving Landmarks: From Route 24 south, cross the Sakonnet River Bridge and take Exit 3 for Anthony Road. At the end of the ramp turn right onto Anthony Road, towards Bristol. Follow Anthony Road as it goes back east and then under route 24, and then bends left to become Hummocks Avenue. Follow Hummocks Avenue/Point Road for 0.9 miles and look for the boat ramp on your left, 0.3 miles after you cross the bridge over the mouth of "The Cove."

From Route 24 north take Exit 3. At the end of the ramp go straight onto Hummocks Avenue. Follow Hummocks Avenue/Point Road for 0.9 miles and look for the boat ramp on your left, 0.3 miles after you cross the bridge over the mouth of "The Cove."

From Route 138 north take Park Avenue east for 1.4 miles and look for the boat ramp on your right.

From Route 114 north or south exit at Boyds Lane, just south of the Mount Hope Bridge. Follow Boyds Lane for 1.2 miles, making sure to stay left to stay on Boyds Lane where Route 138 diverges to the right. When you come to the T-junction with Park Avenue turn left onto Park Avenue. The boat ramp is a mile ahead 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 ramp

ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no

Shoreline: hard surface boat ramp north of the old stone bridge, sandy beach south of the old stone bridge

Float/Dock: high dock (over 1' above water)

Parking:

Parking: parking lot, 12 spaces

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no

Sources for More Information:

Website: Mike Krabach's kayak access website

Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:

Teddy's Beach is a state beach. There is a crescent of sand here with grass behind. There are no lifeguards at this beach.

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This site report was last updated on June 5, 2011

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