Annawamscutt Dr. Boat Ramp

Bristol, RI 02809

This site was extensively rebuilt by RI DEM in 2010 and 2011 and has been greatly improved. The site is accessed via a new road off the south side of Annawamscutt Drive. The road ends in a large paved parking lot with space for 49 vehicles with trailers and five trailerless vehicles. There is a new cement plank ramp that should be useable at all tides. There are floating docks on both sides of the ramp. The docks will be in from April to December each year. One of the docks provides a fully ADA-compliant route from the parking area to the water. A new four foot deep channel was dredged from the end of the ramp to deep water.

The site provides access to the west side of Mount Hope Bay. Following the shoreline north takes you to Bristol Narrows and the mouth of the Kickemuit River. Following the shoreline south takes you to Mount Hope Point and ultimately the Mount Hope Bridge. Mount Hope Bay is a large, open arm of Narragansett Bay and the shoreline in this area is straight and without any shelter, so caution should be exercised in small boats.

On most days the southwest wind fills in throughout this area in the morning and blows through the afternoon, producing significant waves, so be prepared for this when planning your trip. Mornings are often calmer and less windy, and so are usually a better time to paddle.

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