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:
King Park is a Newport city park at the south end of Newport Harbor. There is a cement slab boat ramp here and a paved parking lot. A town sticker may be require to park at King Park but there may be some public (non-sticker) parking near the boat ramp. This boat ramp provides access to Newport Harbor and the East Passage. Newport Harbor is an interesting place to explore if you like looking at boats, but it is a busy harbor with very heavy marine traffic. Beyond the harbor is the East Passage, which is used by boats of all sizes, right up to naval warships and freighters. In addition to the ship traffic, the East Passage is open to wind and waves rolling in from Block Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean.
On most days the southwest wind fills in strongly in this area in the morning and blows briskly throughout the afternoon, producing strong waves once you are outside of the immediate harbor area, so be prepared for this when planning your trip.
This site provides access to the following water bodies: Newport Harbor, East Passage.
Driving Landmarks: Take Thames Street through downtown Newport and turn right onto Wellington Avenue after you pass Salas' Restaurant. King Park will soon appear on your right. The boat ramp is at the far end of the park, before the Ida Lewis Yacht Club.
Access & Waters:
Water 'Features' At Site: 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: Cement plank boat ramp, and sand and gravel beach
Float/Dock: low float or dock
Parking: parking lot
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Public Restrooms: There are no restrooms at the boat ramp but there are restrooms near the baseball field in the park, however these restrooms are only open during the summer.
Sources for More Information:
Website: Mike Krabach's kayak access website
The data on this website come from many sources, including volunteers and organizations across the state of Rhode Island and nearby parts of Massachusetts. We have done our best to make sure the data are accurate and up to date, but any information critical to the success of your trip should be confirmed before you start. The maps and information on this website should not be substituted for nautical charts, topographic maps, or other more detailed maps and guides. We welcome corrections and additions. To send a correction or provide other feedback, please use our feedback form (see link above).
This site report was last updated on June 5, 2011