Beaches, Boating & State Parks
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Charlestown & South County Beaches
Not only is Charlestown home to one of the finest stretches of beaches in Rhode Island, but it is also central to all of the beaches in the Ocean State – including Westerly and Narragansett. If you want to explore the Southern New England coast, Charlestown is the place to go!
East Beach Road, Charlestown, RI
East Beach is a 3-mile long barrier beach on the Atlantic Ocean bordering the Charlestown Ninigret Conservation Area and adjacent to Ninigret Pond. A spectacular seaside treasure, it’s well known for its windsurfing attributes.
Charlestown Beach Road, Charlestown, RI
“The Breachway” – with its unique location at the end of Charlestown Beach Road -allows visitors a panoramic view of Block Island Sound, a beautiful barrier beach, a camping area and a prime “spot” for Salt Water Fishing.
557 Charlestown Beach Rd, Charlestown, RI
Adjacent to Charlestown Breachway, you’ll find fine sand, moderate-heavy surf, and saltwater swimming. New bathroom facility includes cold-water rinsing stations.
469 E Beach Rd, Charlestown, RI
You’ll find a great view with saltwater swimming at this 3-mile-long, family-oriented public beach. Located near Ninigret Conservation Area and Ninigret Pond, it’s also a popular spot for seal releases.
27 West End Rd, Charlestown, RI
This saltwater pond is connected directly to the ocean via Quonochontaug Breachway. Called “Quonnie” by locals, it is also a popular fishing and boating area.
Other Nearby Beaches
Bay Street, Westerly, RI
Napatree Point Conservation Area juts out from the Watch Hill area and is a wonderful place for a stunningly beautiful beach stroll or for great bird watching.
Bay Street, Westerly, RI
This small beach is popular with families. It lies behind the antique Flying Horse Carousel in the heart of Watch Hill.
Boston Neck Road, Narragansett, RI
Narragansett Town Beach is a classic New England saltwater coastal beachfront that offers some of the best, cleanest and accessible conditions for residents and tourists in New England.
Ocean Road, Narragansett, RI
People of all ages will find activities of interest from sunbathing on Scarborough’s sandy beach and people watching on its boardwalk to picnicking under shaded shelters and saltwater swimming in one of Rhode Island’s most popular spots.
254 Great Road, Narragansett, RI
Also known as Galilee Beach, this tiny beach is set close to the busy Galilee docks and several seafood restaurants. Sitting inside the 3-mile long sea wall, and protected from the surf it is ideal for children.
27 Atlantic Avenue, Westerly, RI
One of the largest beaches in the state. It generally has modest surf and good sand with a gradual drop-off. Features an array of activities for the entire family.
950 Succotash Rd, So.Kingstown, RI
Noted for its strong surf, this beach sports a futuristic pavilion and a huge parking lot. Boats entering and leaving the Point Judith Harbor of Refuge are clearly visible.
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Fresh & Salt Water Fishing
Saltwater and freshwater fishing opportunities abound in Charlestown. The beaches and unique breachways are situated along the coast of the beautiful Block Island Sound- a well-known location for some of the best saltwater fishing on the East Coast. In the east, the impressive Charlestown Breachway connects Ninigret Pond to the open ocean, and to the west, the Quonochontaug Breachway connects Quonochontaug Pond. These two large salt ponds are teaming with marine life thanks to the clean ocean tides that run in and out of the ponds like clockwork several times each day. Both breachways have public boat launches and parking available. Fishermen have easy access to Charlestown’s barrier beaches, breachways, and salt ponds year-round.
In addition to the variety of saltwater angling opportunities, Charlestown offers many freshwater fishing possibilities as well. Both the Pawcatuck and Wood Rivers are Class A trout rivers. Watchaug Pond and other freshwater ponds in Charlestown also offer great freshwater fishing opportunities for largemouth bass, trout, perch, pickerel and other species.
State & Local Parks
For nature lovers, Charlestown is home to two beautiful and expansive state parks.
The campground is 3,100 acres of rocky woodland that surrounds Watchaug Pond in Charlestown. This spacious campground features over 700 rustic campsites and 20 cabins with conveniently located restrooms with shower facilities, a playground, arcade, freshwater beach, canoe rentals and hiking trails.
Located on the east side of “the Breachway” is a camping area for self-contained RVs, a state beach, some of the best saltwater fishing in South County and a panoramic view of Block Island Sound.
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