This is a great place to go for an easy paddle. There is a public launch on the north side of Sprauge Bridge on Rt. 1A. There is limited parking so the earlier that you can arrive the better off you are. There have been several small thefts in this area from unlocked cars, so make sure things are secure before you leave. This is a tidal river which will lead you either out to the ocean, into a salt pond, or if you follow to the source you can make it to the Gilbert Stuart Birth Place (www.gilbertstuartmuseum.com). This is a great paddle too; about 4 miles from the bridge to the museum.
The salt marsh is just off to the right and is a nice paddle. Low water levels will make it hard at times as the water here is always shallow and in the late summer/ early fall feels bathtub warm. If you make a left and shoot underneath the bridge you will head out to the mouth of the Narrow River which connects to Narragansett Beach. This is a great place to get to the beach for free. But better than that, it?s a great place for surfing. There are a couple of small rock gardens that you can play in, but the main attraction here is the beach surf. CAUTION there are plenty of swimmers in the water; if you are inexperienced please keep a good distance from any swimmer.
Another hazard to look out for is motor boats and jet skis. When paddling on the river stay to the northern shore and you will avoid all of the boat traffic. However, right at the mouth of the river jet skiers have a habit of playing in the surf and they do not care who is in their way. The current here can be strong, so if you time it right you can make a lazy river day of it floating down to the beach, then turning around after a couple of hours of sun-tanning and float back to your car. This is a great place for paddlers of all skill levels and anyone who likes a great FREE beach. Keep an eye out for Osprey while you?re up there because right next to the bridge is an Osprey nest that in 2007 had 2 chicks in it.
Sprauge bridge is located just north of Narragansett Beach on RT 1A. The parking is on the Northern side of the Bridge.
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