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Brush Neck Cove

41° 41.213' N    71° 24.116' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Map Server   Acme Maps

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This is a site for launching hand-carried boats such as canoes or kayaks.

Description & Overview:

Heading north from the launch area takes you into Brush Neck Cove, which is narrow but over a mile long. Buttonwoods Cove, to the west, is similar, but not as long. These coves are full of seabirds but are best enjoyed at high tide. Heading south takes you into Greenwich Bay but the tide runs hard through this entrance so skill is required to successfully navigate this passage when the tide is running. Look at what the current is doing off the beach before you get on the water! On most days the southwest wind fills in strongly in this area in the morning and blows throughout the afternoon, producing significant waves on Greenwich Bay, 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: Brush Neck Cove, Buttonwoods Cove.


Town: Warwick

Driving Landmarks: From the intersection of West Shore Road (route 117) and Oakland Beach Avenue take Oakland Beach Avenue south for 1 mile and then turn right on Suburban Parkway. Go 0.2 miles to Seaview Avenue and park in the area on the left side of the road.

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 launch for hand carried boats

Shoreline: There is a nice sandy beach here from which to launch.

Float/Dock: no

Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 50 feet


Parking: yes: 10 spaces

Sources for More Information:

Other Guidebooks: Site 11 in Ed Mullen's book "Kayaking Narragansett Bay"

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This site report was last updated on June 5, 2011

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