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:
Third Beach is a town-owned bathing beach. During the day, in the bathing season, there is a parking fee. There are no fees in the evening or out of season. A cement slab boat ramp provides access to the Sakonnet River near where it enters Rhode Island Sound as well as an area of beach that can be used to launch hand-carried boats. The waters right off Third Beach are sheltered by Flint Point but once away from the beach you are on the open waters of the mouth of the Sakonnet River where it flows into Rhode Island Sound and the open waters of 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, so be prepared for this when planning your trip.
This site provides access to the following water bodies: Sakonnet River, Rhode Island Sound.
Alternate Site Name: Middletown Town Beach
Nearest Town Center: Newport
Driving Landmarks: From Route 138 take Route 138A south for 1 mile and turn left onto Green Hill Avenue. Go 1.4 miles and turn right onto 3rd Beach Road. Follow 3rd Beach Road 1.5 miles to Third Beach.
Coming from the west side of Narragansett Bay, take Route 138 across the Jamestown and Newport Bridges, and continue straight (do not take the downtown exit) on Route 138 to the exit for Admiral Kalabfus Road. At the stoplight, turn left (east). This will put you on Admiral Kalabfus Road heading east. Continue straight ahead as Admiral Kalabfus Road becomes Miantonomi Avenue and then Green Hill Avenue. 2 miles from where you got onto Admiral Kalabfus Road turn right onto 3rd Beach Road. Follow 3rd Beach Road 1.5 miles to Third Beach.
cross Rt 138/114 onto Miantonomi Ave and continue crossing Rt 138A onto Green End Ave.
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: concrete boat ramp and sandy beach
Parking: parking lot, 200 spaces
Public Restrooms: Yes, in season
Sources for More Information:
Website: Mike Krabach's kayak access website
Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:
Third Beach is a popular town bathing beach with areas marked off for swimming, boating, and anchoring. The adjacent Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is an excellent place for bird watching as well as simply enjoying panoramic views of the ocean.
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