A little care is needed with parking at this site. The official parking area for the boat ramp is limited to vehicles with trailers but there is other public parking nearby.
There are two cement plank boat ramps here that provide access to Sakonnet Harbor, the Sakonnet River, and Rhode Island Sound. This boat launch provides great access to the pristine shoreline in the area and is the only public boat ramp in Little Compton. The largest eel grass bed in Rhode Island is nearby.
Once outside the small Sakonnet Harbor you are on the open waters of Rhode Island Sound, at the mouth of the broad Sakonnet River, so caution is advised in small craft. Heading north along the shoreline from the harbor, Sakonnet Point provides little protection and the rocky shoreline is "unfriendly" to paddlers, but very pretty. If you head away from shore and out into the middle of the Sakonnet River be prepared for heavy boat traffic as well as large waves and wind. Heading south around Sakonnet Point is only for experienced paddlers because it takes you amongst rocky ledges exposed to swells rolling in from the open ocean. The Sakonnet Point Lighthouse is on one of these ledges. Beyond these ledges, heading east from Sakonnet Point the shoreline is a mix of sandy beaches and rocky headlands.
On most days the southwest wind fills in strongly in this area in the morning and blows briskly throughout the afternoon, producing strong waves, so be prepared for this when planning your trip.
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