Gano Park Boat Ramp

81-99 E Transit St
Providence, RI 02906

This brand-new boat ramp, opened in May 2014, provides access to the Seekonk River from the Providence side for both hand-carried and trailered boats. Most people launching here will probably be planning to head north up the Seekonk. At the boat ramp the Seekonk is over 1000 feet wide but still feels somewhat river-like. Further north the Seekonk is as much as half a mile wide and feels more like an estuary than a river. While the Seekonk is in the midst of urban northern Rhode Island it's a surprisingly wild-feeling place, with long stretches of wooded shoreline. At the far northern end of the Seekonk, 3 miles from the boat ramp, the Seekonk narrows down and leads up to the mouth of the Blackstone River in Pawtucket.

Heading south from the ramp quickly takes you into the narrows between India Point and Bold Point and on into the Providence River, and the Port of Providence.

While the Seekonk is relatively sheltered wind and waves can still be an issue, especially in the broader parts of the "river." The tide is also an important issue, especially through the narrows south of the boat ramp, but also up past the boat ramp, where the river is still relatively narrow. Pay attention to the state of the tide when planning your trip and pay attention to the currents when on the water and be aware of how the currents will change as the state of the tide changes!

The boat ramp is concrete. Much of the nearby shoreline is rip-rap, but there is some sand and gravel where hand-carried boats could be launched away from the ramp, at least at lower tides. If you are launching a hand-carried boat, if possible please launch beside the ramp rather than on the ramp so trailered boats can use the ramp. If the conditions are such that you need to launch from the ramp, please do so expeditiously so you don't tie up the ramp for too long, if others are waiting to use it.

This put-in is on the Roger Williams Trail that traces the route Roger Williams and his followers took in 1636 when they paddled by canoe from what is now East Providence to Providence, to settle and found what would become the state of Rhode Island.

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