Shawomet 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:
The boat ramp is officially a cement plank ramp but it is often covered by sand and their is not that much depth at the end, so this ramp is best for hand carried boats and relatively lightweight trailered boats pulled by a vehicle with four wheel drive. Once on the water, you can go in many directions from this site. Occipessatuxet Cove is northwest of here and has a great tidal creek at its western end. Due west from the south side of Conimicut Point is the exit of Buckeye Brook, which at high tide can be followed all the way to Route 117. You are launching onto the open waters of upper Narragansett Bay so wind, waves and boat traffic should be expected. On most days the southwest wind fills in strongly in this area in the morning and blows throughout the afternoon, producing significant waves, so be prepared for this when planning your trip. (Parts of this description were adapted from Ed Mullen's Book "Kayaking Narragansett Bay.")
This site provides access to the following water bodies: Providence River, Narragansett Bay.
Alternate Site Name: Conimicut Point Park Boat Ramp
Driving Landmarks: Heading east on Route 117 (West Shore Road), after you pass the intersection with Oakland Beach Avenue go 1.9 miles to Economy Drive and turn right and then almost immediately turn left onto Symonds Road. Go 0.3 miles to the end of Symonds Road and then turn right onto Shawomet Road. The boat ramp is 0.6 miles ahead at the end of Shawomet Road.
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 ramp
ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no
Shoreline: The shoreline is sandy.
Parking: parking lot, 15 spaces
Public Restrooms: There are restrooms nearby at Conimicut Point park, however they are only open in season and during the day.
Sources for More Information:
Other Guidebooks: Site 8 in Ed Mullen's book "Kayaking Narragansett Bay"
Website: Mike Krabachs kayak access website
Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:
Conimicut Point Park is a city park with a picnic area, long sandy beaches, and great views up and down the bay.
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