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Warren Town Dock

41° 43.586' N    71° 17.129' 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:

This town-owned boat ramp provides access to the Warren River, which is a busy river densely lined on both sides with docks, houses and boats. Heading north from this put-in, you can go straight up the Palmer River, which shortly opens up into a wider area, half a mile wide and over two miles long. You can also turn west (left) and go up the Barrington River, at the head of which is One Hundred Acre Cove, three miles up river. Heading south from the Warren Town Landing takes you to the broad, open waters of Narragansett Bay, a 1 1/2 miles south of the put-in. On most days the southwest wind fills in across this area in the morning and blows throughout the afternoon, so be prepared for this when planning your trip.

WARNING: The tide runs very strongly through the narrow areas in both the Barrington and Palmer Rivers, especially under bridges, including the Route 103/114 bridges over both rivers and the adjacent bridges for the bike path. These areas are treacherous for small boats. Use great caution if you are heading north from the Warren Town Dock up either river! Remember that at slack tide there may be little or no current but a short while later the current may be very strong.

This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Warren River watershed: Warren River.


Alternate Site Name: Wheaton Street Boat Ramp

Town: Warren

Nearest Town Center: Warren

Driving Landmarks: From Main Street/Route 114 in Warren, 0.2 miles south of the junction with Route 103, look for Wheaton Street heading west down the hill towards the river. The boat ramp is at the end of Wheaton 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 ramp

ADA Accessible Boat Launch? no

Shoreline: cement slab boat ramp

Float/Dock: low float or dock


Parking: yes: 15 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? no

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This site report was last updated on February 22, 2012

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