Collier Point Park
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:
If you plan to paddle down the bay or if you are paddling up the bay this is not the best site to start from or end at because you have to go past the Port of Providence, which is frequented by large commercial vessels. Bold Point Park, on the other side of the Providence River, in East Providence, is a good alternative. Collier Point Park is a suitable launching site for going up the Providence River to Waterplace Park and the Woonasquatucket River, but if there is a brisk wind blowing the South Water Street Landing is better. This boat launch is heavily used for launching trailered boats so if you are launching hand carried boats do your best to keep the ramp open for trailered boats.
This site provides access to the following water bodies: Providence River.
Nearest Town Center: Providence
Driving Landmarks: The entrance road to this boat ramp is off Allens Avenue, right under one of the new I-195 "I-Way" bridges leading to the big new bridge over the Providence River. Coming from the north on I-95 south, take exit 19 for Eddy Street. Turn left onto Eddy Street and go to the next corner. Turn right here onto Allens Avenue. Go about 800 feet south on Allens Avenue (less than 0.2 miles) and turn left onto the curving paved road right under the second set of I-Way bridges. You will know you are in the right place if you quickly come to big black gates that should be open during the day. Go through the gates and go about 800 feet to where the road ends at the boat ramp. Officially this entrance road is known as Henderson Avenue but there does not seem to be any sign for it on Allens Avnue.
Coming from the south on I-95 north, take exit 18 for Thurber Avenue. Keep right at the fork to merge onto Thurbers Avenue eastbound. Just ahead is a traffic light where Thurbers Avenue ends at Allens Avenue. Turn left here onto Allens Avenue north. Go about 0.8 miles and when you are going under the first of the I-Way bridges turn right onto the curving paved road. You will know you are in the right place if you quickly come to big black gates that should be open during the day. Go through the gates and go about 800 feet to where the road ends at the boat ramp. Officially this entrance road is known as Henderson Avenue but there does not seem to be any sign for it on Allens Avnue.
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: This is a hard surface boat ramp with docks and floats on both sides of the ramp. The adjacent shoreline is a tall bulkhead that provides no access to the water.
Float/Dock: low float or dock
Hours of Operation: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: parking lot, 15 spaces, no overnight parking
ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no
Public Restrooms: There may be a Porta-Potty at this site. Otherwise, this site is near downtown Providence so restrooms are not far away, but it is far enough that most people probably would not want to walk to find a restroom.
Sources for More Information:
Other Guidebooks: Site 1 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 September 12, 2012