This is a site for launching hand-carried boats such as canoes or kayaks.
Description & Overview:
Sapowet Marsh Management Area is a RI DEM property on the east side of the mile-wide Sakonnet River. There is a gravel parking lot here next to the beach, which can be used as site from which to launch sea kayaks and other hand carried boats. The Sakonnet River is a broad, open salt water inlet connecting Rhode Island Sound to the south with Mount Hope Bay to the north. If the Sakonnnet River is too rough for safe paddling or if you simply want to explore some "tighter" waters you can head under the bridge and up into the large Sapowet Marsh, but pay attention to the tides and tidal currents.
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: Tiverton Four Corners
Driving Landmarks: If heading south on Route 77 turn right onto Seapowet Avenue/Lafayette Road and go 1.4 miles (bear left at 0.7 miles when the road bends sharply to the left). Look for a dirt road turn off on the right just before the bridge over Sapowet Creek.
If heading north on Route 77 turn left on Neck Road/Puncatest Neck Road and go 0.8 miles. Then turn right on Seapowet Avenue and go 0.8 miles and look for a dirt road turn off on the left just after the bridge over Sapowet Creek.
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
Shoreline: cobbles and sandy gravel
Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 50 feet
Parking: parking lot
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Public Restrooms: No
Sources for More Information:
Other Guidebooks: Site 40 in Ed Mullen's book "Kayaking Narragansett Bay"
Website: Mike Krabach's kayak access website
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This site report was last updated on June 5, 2011