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Smith Street Public Right of Way

41° 42.211' N    71° 14.927' 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:

At the end of Smith Street there is access to the shoreline suitable for launching hand carried boats. However, the only parking is a few spaces along the south side of Smith Street. Please be sensitive to the local residents when parking your car and launching your boat so that these parking spaces remain available.

This put-in provides access to the Kickimuit River, which is broad and scenic and has various side channels to explore, especially at the north end. Heading south from this put in takes you to the narrows at the mouth of the river. Beyond the narrows are the wide open waters of Mount Hope Bay. On most days the southwest wind develops in the morning and blows through the afternoon, producing significant waves especially on the bay, so be prepared for this when planning your trip.

This site provides access to the following water bodies: Kickemuit River.


Town: Bristol

Nearest Town Center: Bristol

Driving Landmarks: From Route 136 take Kickemuit Avenue east. Kickemuit Avenue winds around a little, just keep following it until you get to Smith Street, half a mile from Route 136. Turn left onto Smith Street and go the end where there is a signed CRMC public access right of way. Park back from the "ramp" to the shore, along the south side of Smith Street.

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

ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no

Shoreline: gravel

Float/Dock: no


Parking: on street, 5 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no

Nearby Amenities:

Public Restrooms: No

Sources for More Information:

Website: Mike Krabach's kayak access website

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This site report was last updated on June 5, 2011

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