This is a site for launching hand-carried boats such as canoes or kayaks.
Description & Overview:
At last report people who are not residents of Portsmouth can park here but will have to pay to do so during the summer months. However, anyone planning to use this site as a boat launch should inquire about the latest parking and use regulations before counting on being able to use this site.
As the name would lead you to expect, there is a broad sandy beach at this site that provides access to the mile-wide Sakonnet River, which is really a broad salt-water inlet connected to Mount Hope Bay at the north end and opening onto Rhode Island Sound at the south end. From this put-in you can head north or south along the shoreline of Aquidneck Island (properly "Rhode Island"). This shoreline is relatively straight and offers little in the way of shelter.
On most days the southwest wind fills in strongly in this area in the morning and blows briskly throughout the afternoon, producing strong waves, so be prepared for this when planning your trip.
This site provides access to the following water bodies: Sakonnet River.
Nearest Town Center: Portsmouth
Driving Landmarks: From Route 138 (East Main Road) take Sandy Point Road east for 1.2 miles to where it ends at the shore.
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 launch for hand carried boats
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 300 feet
Parking: parking lot, 100 spaces
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Public Restrooms: Yes, during summer months only
Sources for More Information:
Website: Mike Krabach's kayak access website
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This site report was last updated on June 5, 2011