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 areas 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
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. It is a short walk down to the Gorton Gazebo, and you can put your kayaks into the pond adjacent to the pavilion.
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 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 quiet, aside from street and airplane noises.
- Gorton’s pond is pretty small, so it isn’t overwhelming.
- There is a small swimming beach and three fishing docks.
Wildlife I Have Seen on Gorton Pond
- Koi fish
- Great Blue Herons (blue form)
- Barn swallow nests built on the gazebos
- Great Egrets
Watchaug Pond, Charlestown
Watchaug Pond is a large kettle pond, and it is one of the largest freshwater bodies in RI. It is part of the Burlingame Management Area.
Where to Put in Your Kayak at Watchaug Pond
Adjacent to the boat launch is a perfect place to put kayaks into the pond. You will find the 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
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 heading 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
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 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 where you can launch your kayak.
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
- An active osprey nest on Rabbit Island
- Great Blue Heron
- Scuttling crabs covering the shore of Rabbit Island
The Kayak Center is very helpful and knowledgeable if you need to rent kayaks or need equipment.
Narrow River, Narragansett
Also known as the Pettaquamscutt River, this 6-mile river starts with a pond and dumps out into Narragansett Bay. Along its banks are protected marshland, wooded houses, and beaches. It is a quiet and peaceful place to paddle, although small motor boats are allowed. Due to the depth, most boating occurs in the lower river, so head up for a more peaceful paddle.
Where to Put in Your Kayak to Paddle on Narrow River
The public boat launch is at the end of Pollock Avenue, and it has a small beach on the side to put in kayaks.
If you need to rent a kayak or paddleboard, Narrow River Kayaks is the place to go.
Highlights of Kayaking in Narrow River
- Grasslands and The John H Chaffee Nature Wildlife Refuge. Across from the Pollock Avenue boat ramp is a calm tributary that allows you to explore this refuge.
- If you are an experienced kayaker, you can kayak to Narragansett Town Beach. There can be dangerous waves in this area.
- Narrow River has many options to explore, from the Upper River, to the marshes, to the sizeable placid area downstream from the Spraque Bridge.
Wildlife I Have Seen on Narrow River
- Double Breasted Cormorants
- Mallard ducks
- Great Black-backed Gull
- Mussels on the sandy shore
My Future Rhode Island Kayak Plans
Quonochontaug Pond, Providence, and Ninigrit Pond are in my future. 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?