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Arnolds Neck Waterfront Park

41° 41.63' N    71° 27.098' 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:

This site is on a large tidal cove with many areas to explore, but don't expect wilderness because you are in the middle of Warwick. If you head north and then west under the railroad bridge and the Post Road bridge there is a small stream called Hardig Brook that you can poke up into. The Post Road bridge can be difficult to get under at high tide. Heading east from the launch site takes you out into Greenwich Bay, which is large enough to develop large waves if the wind kicks up. 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. It is also a popular area with pleasure boaters during the summer months. (Parts of this description and many of the details about this site were adapted from Ed Mullen's book "Kayaking Narragansett Bay.")

This site provides access to the following water bodies: Greenwich Bay, Apponaug Cove.


Town: Warwick

Nearest Town Center: Apponaug

Driving Landmarks: At the intersection of Post Road and Centerville Road, in Apponaug, take Post Road south for 0.2 miles. Turn left onto Arnold Neck Road. Go under the railroad bridge and then bear left at Ponaug Marina and go to the end of the road. The park is on your left.

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 launch for hand carried boats

ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no

Shoreline: The shoreline is largely riprap. The best access point is at the small break in the rocks near the old stump. There is also a small shell beach at the far eastern end.

Float/Dock: no

Approximate Length of Carry between Car Access and Water: 100 feet


Parking: yes: 25 spaces

Nearby Amenities:

Town Center: The center of Apponaug, where there are many retail businesses of various sorts, is just up Post Road.

Sources for More Information:

Other Guidebooks: Site 9 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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