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Potter Cove

41° 30.611' N    71° 21.772' 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:

Potter Cove is a long sandy beach facing the East Passage of Narragansett Bay. The beach and Taylor Point, which is just south of the beach, are both part of a town park, which is popular for fishing, windsurfing, kayaking and picnicking. Once on the water here you are on the open waters of lower Narragansett Bay, where both large waves and heavy boat traffic, from sailboats and powerboats to large commercial and naval vessels should be expected.

On most days the southwest wind fills in strongly in this area in the morning and blows briskly throughout the afternoon, producing strong waves, so be prepared for this when planning your trip.

This site provides access to the following water bodies: East Passage, Potter Cove.


Alternate Site Name: Taylor Point

Town: Jamestown

Nearest Town Center: Jamestown

Driving Landmarks: If you are on 138 (heading towards Newport) take the last exit before the tolls for the Pell Bridge. Follow the frontage road until you can turn left under Route 138 and then look for right turn onto Freebody Drive, just beyond Route 138.

If you are coming from Newport on Route 138 take the first exit after the tolls. At the end of the ramp turn right. Go 3/4 mile and then turn left onto Freebody Drive. If you go under route 138 you have gone too far.

Access & Waters:

Water 'Features' At Site: 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 bank leading from the parking lot down to the beach is a little steep, but once on the beach there is a nice sandy shoreline from which to launch sea kayaks and similar boats.

Float/Dock: no

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


Parking: yes: 20 spaces

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no

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This site report was last updated on June 5, 2011

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