Oakland Beach Boat Ramp
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:
There are two boat ramps at this site, with a dock between, plus a sandy beach beside the ramps suitable for launching hand-carried boats. Going north from the launch site will take you into Warwick Cove, where there are many marinas. Heading west from the launch site will take you in front of Oakland Beach and from there you can continue west or turn up into Brushneck Cove. Heading south from the launch site will take you towards Warwick Point and Warwick Neck Lighthouse. From there experienced paddlers can continue on across the mile of open water to Patience and Prudence Islands. On most days the southwest wind fills in strongly in this area in the morning and blows throughout the afternoon, producing significant waves, so be prepared for this when planning your trip.
This site provides access to the following water bodies: Greenwich Bay, Warwick Cove.
Nearest Town Center: Oakland Beach
Driving Landmarks: From Route 117 (West Shore Road) take Oakland Beach Avenue south for 1 mile. When you come to the divided parkway do not go straight ahead into the park; instead turn left onto Suburban Parkway. Go 0.2 miles on Suburban Parkway and turn right onto Bay Avenue. The boat ramp is just ahead at the end of Bay Avenue.
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: Two hard surface boat ramps with adjacent sandy shoreline
Float/Dock: low float or dock
Parking: parking lot, 50 spaces
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Public Restrooms: There is normally a portable outhouse at the boat ramp in the summer months.
Sources for More Information:
Other Guidebooks: Site 10 in Ed Mullen's book "Kayaking Narragansett Bay"
Website: Mike Krabach's kayak access website
Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:
Oakland Beach, just west of the boat ramp, is a popular town beach.
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This site report was last updated on June 5, 2011