Ocean House Marina
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 boat ramp is at a private marina but can be used by the public for a fee of $20/day. This site provides access to the Kenyon Cove and Fort Neck sections of Ninigret Pond, which feature stunning landscapes and abundant coves for paddle craft to explore. Ninigret Pond is Rhode Island's largest coastal salt pond and offers excellent wildlife viewing possibilities. The area near the Charlestown Breachway (the outlet to the ocean) is dangerous for paddle craft and should be avoided because of both strong currents and heavy boat traffic. There can also be heavy boat traffic near the marinas. Otherwise, the pond is usually a calm and easy place to paddle. On most days the southwest wind fills in across this area in the morning and blows throughout the afternoon, so be prepared for this when planning your trip.
Before planning to launch from this boat ramp it would be a good idea to call the marina (401-364-6040) and confirm the price and parking arrangements.
This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Coastal Watersheds (West Bay) watershed: Ninigret Pond.
Nearest Town Center: Charlestown
Driving Landmarks: From Route 1 north take the Cross Mills exit. At the stop sign go straight ahead onto Town Dock Road. The Marina and boat ramp are less than a quarter mile ahead on the left, at the end of the road. If you are coming on Route 1 south, use the turnaround just after South County Trail (Route 2) to get onto Route 1 north and then follow the directions for Route 1 north.
Access & Waters:
Water 'Features' At Site: estuary
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
Shoreline: Hard surface boat ramp
Float/Dock: high dock (over 1' above water)
Hours of Operation: Sunrise to sunset
Parking: parking lot, 50 spaces
Public Restrooms: Yes, at marina
Accomodations: The General Staton Inn is a little over a mile away at 4115 Old Post Rd., Charlestown.
Sources for More Information:
AMC Quiet Water Canoe Guide: 2nd Edition, page 208
Other Guidebooks: Salt Ponds Coalition Kayaker’s Guide
Ecological, Cultural & Recreational Attractions:
The site of Historic Fort Ninigret is 2/10's of a mile west of the boat ramp, on the north shore of the pond. This fort was supposedly built by Dutch traders in the early 1600's and was reputedly part of the Underground Railroad. There is no access to the shore at the fort. The park is now maintained as a memorial to the Narragansett and Niantic tribes.
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 January 7, 2015