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Explore RI's Blueways and Greenways: Gull Cove State Boat Ramp in Portsmouth RI
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< This site provides access to "The Cove" at the north end of Aquidneck Island. There is a cement plank boat ramp here as well as a large gravel parking lot and plenty of shoreline adjacent to the boat ramp suitable for launching hand carried boats. The Cove is a large tidal estuary with many coves and channels suitable for small boat exploration. The waters of the cove are shallow, under 4 feet in many places at low tide. There is a fixed bridge at the mouth of the cove with a vertical clearance of 25 feet at high tide, so larger sailboats cannot enter or exit The Cove, but the shallow water depths makes this area unsuitable for most sailboats anyway. Leaving The Cove takes you into the busy waters of the narrows on the Sakonnet River, where you can expect strong tidal currents and once out on the Sakonnet River or Mount Hope Bay the usual southwest wind that develops on most mornings and blows through the afternoon can produce significant waves!
Entrance to The Cove launch area off Route 24 on the northbound side. Pictures taken October 2013.
Launch is nice and sandy.
The Cove seen from Route 24.
The Point Road Bridge in Portsmouth RI.
The Cove seen looking southwest from Point Road Bridge.
The Cove from Point Road bridge looking west.
On the other (eastern) side of the Point Road Bridge, the Sakonnet River looking east.
The Sakonnet River viewed from the Point Road Bridge looking to the right (south).