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Apponaug Cove

41° 41.773' N    71° 27.262' 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 municipal boat ramp provides access to Apponaug Cove and Greenwich Bay. However, since the ramp has a very shallow slope, lacks any parking, and is right next to a road, most people will probably choose to pay to use the ramp at Ray's Bait and Tackle (just beyond the RR bridge) or go to the ramp in downtown East Greenwich or at Goddard State Park. If you are launching hand carried boats (or simply looking for parking) you are better off going 1/4 mile further on Arnolds Neck Road (stay left at the fork) to Arnolds Neck Waterfront Park. Apponaug Cove is a large tidal cove with many areas to explore in a small boat, but don't expect wilderness because you are in the middle of Warwick. In small boats you can head north and then west explore the head of the cove. Heading east from the boat ramp takes you under the railroad bridge (22 feet clearance) and 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. Greenwich Bay is a popular area with pleasure boaters during the summer months so heavy boat traffic can be expected. (Parts of this description 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. The boat ramp is before the railroad bridge next to the "Changing Tides" gift shop.

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

Shoreline: The boat ramp is paved and at high tide the adjacent shoreline is largely crushed shells. There are buildings on boat sides of the ramp so there is no much open shoreline adjacent to the ramp.

Float/Dock: no


Parking: no

Nearby Amenities:

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


The Boat Ramp at Apponaug Cove

The Boat Ramp at Apponaug Cove

Photography by: Tom Richardson, New England Boating

Date of Photograph: July 15, 2010


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This site report was last updated on March 12, 2015

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