Jamestown Harbor Boat Launch

Canonicus Avenue
Jamestown, RI 02835

This site is in the middle of downtown Jamestown, right on Jamestown Harbor. There is a boat ramp here as well as a town beach. The latter is a better place to launch hand-carried boats. Because of the location, parking can be hard to find, especially in the summer. The parking lot at the site is almost always full and has a short time limit. Once on the water you are in busy Jamestown Harbor, where there are lots of boats and activity to look at but also lots of boats underway to watch out for. Heading north from the harbor takes you under the Newport Bridge and past rocky Taylor Point. Heading south from the harbor takes you to The Dumplings, Fort Weatherill and other scenic spots. Use caution if you head beyond The Dumplings because once around the point the shoreline becomes quite exposed.

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

This site provides access to the following water bodies: East Passage, Jamestown Harbor.

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