Best Spots to Kayak in Rhode Island

I am a big fan of kayaking because I love the peace of the water and the ability to be right at the level of the wildlife. I also feel that kayaking lets me do one of my favorite things- paying attention to all the small details around me. Rhode Island is a great spot to live or visit if you love to kayak because we have islands, lots of shorelines, and many rivers and ponds.

Although I like a good kayak tour, I prefer to explore at my own pace. Recently my family purchased a few kayaks, and we are exploring the best places to kayak in Rhode Island. Of course, I wanted to share my favorite RI kayak spots with my readers! I will continue to add to my list as I find new spots I like. I will also explore kayaking in New England, so stay tuned or subscribe to be notified as I publish new posts.

Gorton Pond, Warwick

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Gorton Pond

Where to Put in Your Kayak at Gorton Pond

The easiest address to put into your GPS is 99 Veterans Memorial Dr, Warwick, the Warwick Police Department.

Gorton’s Pond Gazebo

Directly before the police department on Veterans Memorial Drive is a moderately-sized parking lot. From there, it is a short walk down to the Gorton Gazebo. You can put your kayaks into the pond adjacent to the gazebo.

Gorton’s Pond Boat Ramp

Another option is the pond’s boat ramp, located in the back left of the police department’s parking lot. There is more room back there if you have a trailer for your kayaks.

Highlights of Kayaking on Gorton’s Pond

  • There are many birds.
  • Only electric boats are allowed, so the pond is fairly quiet, aside from street and airplane noises.
  • This is a pretty small pond, so it isn’t overwhelming.
  • There is a small swimming beach and three fishing docks.
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Barn swallow at Gorton Pond

Wildlife I Have Seen on Gorton Pond

  • Koi fish
  • Bass
  • Great Blue Herons (blue form)
  • Barn swallow nests built on the gazebos
  • Great Egrets

Watchaug Pond, Charlestown

Watchaug Pond is a large kettle pond. It is one of the largest bodies of freshwater in RI. It is part of the Burlingame Management Area.

Places to kayak in RI
Watchaug Pond, Charlestown, RI

Where to Put in Your Kayak at Watchaug Pond

Right adjacent to the boat launch is a perfect place to put kayaks into the pond. You will find the boat launch parking lot entrance across the street from 36 Middle Road, Narragansett.

Highlights of Kayaking on Watchaug Pond

  • Because it is a large pond, you can take a very long kayak here.
  • Many beach choices, with shallow water offshore perfect for wading and swimming.
  • There is an eleven-mile nature walk around the pond.

Greenwich Cove, East Greenwich

the best kayaking spots in Rhode Island

Greenwich Cove is a busy waterway nestled between East Greenwich Marina and Goddard State Park. Goddard Park has miles of horse and biking trails, public restrooms, a swimming beach, and picnic tables. This area can get larger swells, so check the weather before you head out. Mornings tend to be a bit calmer.

Where to Put in Your Kayak to Paddle in Greenwich Cove

East Greenwich Municipal Boat Launch

100 Crompton Avenue

Goddard Park

You can put kayaks in at the boat ramp or on the left side of the swimming beach.

Highlights of Kayaking in Greenwich Cove

  • There is a lot to explore, including marinas, the coastline of Goddard Park, and the shore of East Greenwich.

Wickford Bay

Wickford is a cute colonial village on the coast of North Kingstown. There are a harbor, marshes, and islands to explore.

Where to Put in Your Kayak to Paddle in Wickford

Follow your GPS to Gardiner’s Seafood at 170 Main St, North Kingstown. Instead of going into their lot turn right into the boat lot. Walk down the pathway in Gardiner’s lot to get to the sandy beach that you can launch your kayak from.

Highlights of Kayaking in Wickford Harbor

  • There are multitudes of cormorants
  • The cute village
  • Beaching your kayak on one of the harbor’s islands and taking a hike around

Wildlife I Have Seen on Wickford Harbor

  • Cormorants
  • An active osprey nest on Rabbit Island
  • Great Blue Heron
  • Scuttling crabs covering the shore of Rabbit Island

If you need to rent kayaks or need equipment, The Kayak Centre is very helpful and knowledgeable.

My Future Rhode Island Kayak Plans

Quonochontaug Pond, Narrow River, Providence, and Ninigrit Pond are in my future as well. Stay tuned for details.

Where are your favorite spots to kayak in New England? Would you mind letting me know in the comments so that I can check them out?


With vast shorelines, multiple ponds and rivers Rhode Island is full of great spots to kayak. Read on for this local's favorites. #kayakRhodeIsland @visitRI #RIkayak

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