Washington Street Boat Ramp
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:
This concrete boat ramp in poor condition that provides access to Newport Harbor and the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. No parking is available at the ramp but there may be on street parking nearby depending on the time of day. Check the parking signs carefully for restrictions. Paid parking is available at the nearby Newport Gateway Visitors Center on Americas Cup Avenue a block south of Elm Street.
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.
Nearest Town Center: Newport
Driving Landmarks: If coming across the Newport Bridge from Jamestown Island and the west side of the bay, take the first exit ("Scenic Newport") and turn right at the end of the ramp onto JT Connell Road, which becomes Farewell Street. In 0.3 miles turn right at the light onto Americas Cup Avenue and then look for a right turn onto Elm Street. The boat ramp is at the end of Elm Street.
If coming down Route 138 and Route 114 from the East Bay, continue on 114/138 when they merge. When Route 138 turns right onto Admiral Kalbfus Road do NOT make the turn. Instead, continue straight onto Broadway. You will pass the Newport Hospital on the left, followed by the Police Station on the right. At Newport City Hall, the next landmark on the left, take a right onto Marlborough Street (follow the sign for Newport Transportation & Visitors Center) and continue to the traffic light. Go right at the light onto Americas Cup Avenue and go one block and then turn left around the Transportation Center towards Goat Island. Go a few hundred feet and turn right onto Bridge Street. Follow Bridge Street for three blocks to its end and turn right onto Washington Street. The boat ramp is one block ahead on the left, opposite Elm Street.
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
Float/Dock: high dock (over 1' above water)
Parking: on street, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Public Restrooms: Public restrooms are available at the nearby Newport Transportation & Visitors Center on Americas Cup Avenue, a block south of Elm Street.
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