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Allen Harbor

41° 37.211' N    71° 24.724' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Map Server   Acme Maps

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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 municipal Allen Harbor Marina run by the Town of North Kingstown has two concrete boat ramps plus various slips, docks and other facilities. The marina is within the Quonset Point Industrial Park and is a busy place, both on and off the water. Allen Harbor is small and filled with moored boats in the summer. Outside of Allen Harbor you are on the open waters of Narragansett Bay, where seas and wind are normal, so caution is advised. The shoreline to the north of Allen Harbor is relatively natural and undeveloped, but straight and without any shelter until you get to the Potowamut River, about 3 miles to the north. Heading south from Allen Harbor takes you into a commercial port area, where large vessels can be expected and the shoreline is often tall bulkheads with no place to land. On most days the southwest wind fills in strongly in this area in the morning and blows briskly throughout the afternoon, producing strong waves once you are outside of the harbor, so be prepared for this when planning your trip.

This site provides access to the following water bodies: Narragansett Bay, Allen Harbor.


Town: North Kingstown

Driving Landmarks: From Route 4 South to Exit 7 towards Quonset Point. This will put you on Route 403 south. In about 2 1/2 miles take the exit for Davisville Road and follow it to the end at Allen Harbor.

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: There are two concrete boat ramps with a floating dock in-between. The rest of the nearby shoreline is a mix of bulkheads, piers, rip-rap and gravel.

Float/Dock: low float or dock

Fees: North Kingstown residents pay $5 per launch or $40 per year. Non-residents pay $10 per launch or $80 per year.


Parking: yes: 50 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? yes

Nearby Amenities:

Public Restrooms: Yes, at least in the warmer months

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This site report was last updated on September 18, 2023

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