This is one of my favorite launch sites in Narragansett. To put in, there is a small beach that you can seal launch off, or you can go off the concrete boat ramp (I highly recommend the beach). When you first start paddling, keep an eye on the fisherman on the dock. There are always plenty of fish in the water here and you do not want to get hooked. The site is protected from the swell which typically comes from the south, so launching is a snap. Watch the condition before you launch however, because as you round the pier there can be some pretty good breakers rolling through. In big seas this is a great surfing spot (as long as you can bail out before the waves crash into the rocky pier).
Paddling to the left (north), you will be right alongside Ocean Drive and pass places such as The Towers and The Coast Guard House, and then come around the corner and Narragansett Beach is there and waiting. There can be some awesome surf in here depending on the day. Kayaks are not allowed in the swimming area until the beach is closed at 5 o'clock and then please be courteous of the swimmers and surfers. Any person in the water has the right of way ahead of a kayak. This is a great place to go on a calm day if you want a quick little paddle that gives some amazing views of lil? Rhody.
If you do decide to surf FOLLOW THE RULES. As a kayaker we can catch any wave we want, DON'T MONOPOLIZE THE SURF. Everyone has a right to enjoy the surf here and surfers should get the first pick of the wave, they will at times wait 30-40 minutes to catch one ride, please do not steal it.
Heading off to the right (south), you will come to a cliff line that extends down to Scarborough Beach. This area is a lot of fun if you know what you are doing. There are some great rock gardens to play in, as well as a tricky landing location. About 3/4 of a mile after leaving the pier, you will come to a point where the cliff line takes a turn in-wards. At this point, there is a low lying rock garden, and if you surf through and make a very sharp turn you will come across a narrow gap in the rocks (about 2-3 feet). At the gap, the water deepens out a bit to around 3-4 feet and it opens up to a tidal pool. There are usually some smaller lobsters in here. This corner of the rocks is known as Newton?s Ave. If you want to walk down there ahead of time turn down Newton?s Ave. off of Ocean Drive and walk out to left point. This landing should only be attempted by someone who really knows how to paddle, as it is not easy in the least, unless there is a high tide and no waves.
Paddling along the cliff line; please be aware of the current which runs north to south here. Also, keep in mind that the waves will refract off of the cliff line and underwater boulders to create a good deal of funny water. It may seem odd, but the further distance you keep from the cliffs the safer you will be. Again between Monahan?s Dock and Scarborough Beach there are NO SAFE LANDNG SITES, please keep this in mind if you decide to make the paddle.
Follow any set of directions to Narragansett Beach. From the beach head towards Ocean Drive (South Side of the beach). Turn on to Ocean Drive. Follow under the towers until you pass a little clam shack on the Right hand side (great chowder here), make an immediate Right and you will be pulling on to Monahan's Dock.
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