Charlestown Breachway

Charlestown Breachway near Charlestown, RI


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4hours
easy
Sea Kayaking, River Kayaking
Summer, Fall
Charlestown, RI
User Stringer

There are actually two different launch points off of Charlestown Beach Road. One is extremely easy and a great beginner paddle, the second can go either way. Starting with the simple...

The first launch site is off of Charlestown Beach Road in the Charlestown Beach Parking Lot. Inside of this lot is a small dirt ramp/access area that you can get in to Ninnigret Pont with. This area is perfect for beginners and up. The launch is very simple. Just be careful of the current as this is a choke point between Ninnigret and Green Hill Ponds. The current rips underneath the bridge. If you paddle to the right of the launch site you will very shortly hit a bridge (DO NOT JUMP OFF THIS BRIDGE, the water is too shallow). Cross under the right hand side of the bridge as that side is closed to boat traffic. After crossing under the bridge you will then be in Green Hill Pond. It is a nice area to paddle, however, occasionally there will be multiple septic tank leaks. I do not suggest swimming in it.

If you head to the left of the launch site you will be in Ninnigret Pond. This is the largest salt pond in New England at over 500,000 square acres, stretching approximately 7 miles (North to South). It has an average depth of 2 feet and is great for clamming, fishing, and paddling around lazily. The currents near the breach way get pretty strong so keep an eye on them. There are some great swimming holes around the pond where you can beach on a sand bar and jump off into 8 foot deep water. Please be wary of the boat channel (directly across from the launch sight and running up the Northern shore line of Ninnigret).

The second launch site is on the Breach way itself. To get here, simply follow Charlestown Beach Road to the end. You will have to pay for parking. Here you will find a cement slab access point. CAUTION: the current in the breach way can reach very high speeds, please look to see what is going on before you launch. If you paddle out and into the breach way you can have a lot of fun. On a good day there can be up to 4 foot standing waves at the mouth. I have launched 17 foot long kayaks into the air going through this spot. Not a good place for a beginner. Once you make it to the outside of the break try to avoid heading to the left to Charlestown Beach as there are usually many swimmers. Instead, go to the right and you will find some great surf spots as well as an open, less crowded beach to play on and in. If you are paddling into the pond from this launch site be wary of the boat channel. When heading into shore boats will keep the red posts on their right hand side. As a kayaker, you want to keep the red posts on your left, or the green post on your right. In other words you do not want to be in the channel. Motor Boats do travel slowly through this area; however with the currents ripping they are not always able to see far ahead. On your way into the pond stay on the right hand shore line and you will be (for the most part) safe. Please be cautious of both the boat traffic and the current.

Directions:

Rt 1 North

Take the exit after Phil and Annes Sunsett Motel. Follow this road to the second stop sign and make a right. Follow this road to Charlestown Beach Road on the Left and turn down. Either follow this to the Charlestown Beach Parking lot or all the way to the end of the road (it does turn in to a dirt road).

Rt 1 South

After entering Charlestown take the second U turn (Left hand side) and then the first exit. Follow this road to the second stop sign and make a right. Follow this road to Charlestown Beach Road on the left and turn down. Either follow to the Charlestown Beach Parking lot or all the way to the end of the road (it does turn in to a dirt road).


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