Haines Memorial 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.
Description & Overview:
Haines Memorial State Park is a large state park with many amenities, including a wide, two-lane hard surfaced boat ramp on Bullock Cove. The boat ramp includes floating docks on both sides and the dock on the north side of the ramp has a wheelchair ramp down to it.
Bullock Cove is sheltered but can be very busy with boat traffic. Beyond Bullock Cove you are entering the relatively open waters of the lower Providence River, which forms the head of Narragansett Bay, so wind, waves and boat traffic should be expected. Stay clear of the shipping channel because large ships pass through here regularly on their way to and from the Port of Providence. If you are in a small boat keep a sharp eye out for larger boats. If you are launching a hand-carried boat please do your best to keep the boat ramp clear for trailered boats. No fishing from the dock.
This site provides access to the following water bodies: Bullock Cove, Providence River.
Nearest Town Center: Barrington, RI
Driving Landmarks: From I-195 East take Exit 4 for US 44 East. Bear right on the ramp following the signs for Riverside. Merge onto Barrington Parkway/Veterans Memorial Parkway/Route 103 and follow this south. Go 2.7 miles and turn left onto Route 103/Willett Avenue. Go 1.7 miles on Willett Avenue. When you come to the traffic circle take the third right onto Metropolitan Park Drive. Follow this south for half a mile into the park and just after you cross the bike path look for a right turn leading to the boat ramp.
From I-195 West take Exit 6 for US 44/Broadway. At the end of the ramp turn left onto Broadway. Go 1.1 miles and turn left onto Barrington Parkway/Route 103 and follow this south. Go 1.9 miles and turn left onto Route 103/Willett Avenue. Go 1.7 miles on Willett Avenue. When you come to the traffic circle take the third right onto Metropolitan Park Drive. Follow this south for half a mile into the park and just after you cross the bike path look for a right turn leading to the boat ramp.
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
Shoreline: The shoreline immediately adjacent to the wide boat ramp is rip-rap, but there are nearby areas where the shoreline is softer and suitable for launching hand-carried boats.
Float/Dock: low float or dock
Hours of Operation: Sunrise to sunset, year-round
Parking: parking lot, 87 spaces
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? yes
Public Restrooms: There are restrooms in the park.
Sources for More Information:
Website: Haines Memorial State Park website
Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:
The East Bay Bike Path goes right through Haines Memorial State Park.
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This site report was last updated on May 21, 2014