This is a site for launching hand-carried boats such as canoes or kayaks.
Description & Overview:
From the parking area next to Corn Neck Road it is a short walk down a boardwalk to the beach where you can launch your boat into the Great Salt Pond. The pond is relatively calm but can be a busy place in the summer. Experienced paddlers can leave the Great Salt Pond and go into Block Island Sound via the breachway, one mile northeast of here.
Getting to Block Island requires more planning than most other paddling destinations in Rhode Island. Kayaks can be taken on the ferry either on top of a car or without a car. For the latest rates and schedules, and to make reservations, check with the ferry company, Interstate Navigation (see link below). Some of the taxis on the island can carry kayaks so it is usually possible to get a taxi to take you and your kayak and gear from the ferry landing to a put-in elsewhere on the island.
This site provides access to the following water bodies: Great Salt Pond.
Alternate Site Name: New Harbor from Corn Neck Road
Town: New Shoreham (Block Island)
Nearest Town Center: New Shoreham
Driving Landmarks: This boat launch is on the west side of the Great Salt Pond, off Corn Neck Road. From the ferry landing it is about 1.4 miles to the put-in. Turn right off the ferry landing onto Water Street and go 1/4 mile and then turn right on Corn Neck Road. Follow Corn Neck Road for 1.1 miles and look for a small parking lot on the left just past the state beach.
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 launch for hand carried boats
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 200 feet
Parking: parking lot, 6 spaces
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Sources for More Information:
Other Guidebooks: Site 55 in Ed Mullen's book "Kayaking Narragansett Bay"
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This site report was last updated on January 21, 2009