Canoeing and Kayaking in RI…

Enjoy the Waterways of Rhode Island


Between the summer and the fall is the perfect time for canoeing and kayaking in Rhode Island. The heat has broken, thankfully, but the days are still warm and the nights are still comfortable. If you want to get out on the water in the next few months, here are a few of the best launches in the state.

Canoeing and Kayaking in Rhode Island
The Pawcatuck River


Although a good half of Beach Pond is located over the Connecticut border, this is nonetheless one of the nicest spots in the state. Located out in Exeter, Beach Pond is usually fairly calm, depending on the day. You can find a boat launch in Beach Pond State Park, along Ten Rod Road on the eastern edge of the lake.


At Dexter Pond in Scituate, you’ll find a small, secluded pond perfect for fishing and non-motorized boating. This isn’t the biggest pond in the state, measuring in at only about three acres, but that makes it perfect for those uncomfortable with going out in a larger body of water. You can find the boat launch on Battey Meetinghouse Road, right across from the baseball field.

There is also the Wood River which is located in Exeter.  This river flows into the Pawcatuck River and offers hours of great paddling.  Click here for more details.


If you’re looking to do some saltwater boating, check out Apponaug Cove in Warwick. It’s one of the more popular boating spots in the state, so you may have some company, but it’s definitely worth the visit. The boat launch is located at the end of Hallworth Drive, right past Ponaug Marina.


If you want to get out into the open ocean, on the other hand, you’ll want to head down to Point Judith. The Point Judith launch, located at the end of Ocean Road right near the lighthouse, let’s you get out into the Atlantic ocean, with the nearest dry land being Block Island.


Finally, there’s Olney Pond in Lincoln. It’s a small, calm pond with easy access from 295, and even has kayak rentals on-site. The Olney Pond boat launch, which is located within Lincoln Woods State Park, is a great spot for boating, especially for the beginner.

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