Boston Kayaker

Kayaking on Winnapaug Pond - a.k.a. "Brightman Pond" in Westerly RI

Rating: One-and-a-Half Stars - I did not pay attention to the tides and started 2 hours before low tide. Nearly an hour into it and lower water levels, I have been scratching the bottom and have to get out once to pull my kayak. It was middle of the day (started few minutes before noon) but the fog never lifted. Paddle time was 1 hour and 46 minutes.

  Put in at Atlantic Avenue
  in Westerly RI.
Paddle around Winnapaug
  Pond and return.
Estimated round trip
  distance = 4+ miles
Park at Misquamicut State
  Beach. Fee applies.
Best to paddle when
  tide is high.

Disclaimer: It is your responsibility to determine the legality, suitability and safety of this route for yourself.

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Other resources:
Explore RI's Blueways and Greenways: Misquamicut State Beach Misquamicut Beach Kayak Trip Report
Salt Ponds Coalition Kayak Guide: winnapaug Pond (see page 3)
Salt Ponds Coalition Kayak Guide: winnapaug Pond (cached copy)
RI Parks: Misquamicut State Beach
Wikipedia: Misquamicut State Beach

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At the Misquamsicut State Beach parking lot on Atlantic Avenue in Westerly RI.
Trip date is September 2017.
Post-Labor Day, no parking fee required.

Across the road from the parking lot is the sandy access area to the Winnapaug Pond.

At the put in.

The Boston Kayaker just launched into the Winnapaug Pond.

Veered right eastwards. Will circle this pond counter-clockwise.

Will keep close to the shore on my right.

The power lines on Atlantic Avenue.

This fog will lift only a little bit later.

Rides at the Bayview Fun Park.

A seagull on Winnapaug Pond.

Not sure if this beach is public or private . . . ?

Will approach these sign posts.


These sign posts seem to try to fence off a specific area.

White herons.

A white heron in flight over the Winnapaug Pond.

Water level less than 1 foot here.

It is too shallow here. Will paddle northwards away from the shore on right.

Paddling northeastwards towards the northern shore.

Now going westwards. North shore on my left.

On left is a small cove.

This is another cove where the cars on Shore Road are visible.

On the extreme right of the picture is the muddy channel to the Weekapaug Breachway outlet to the Atlantic Ocean.
This is a far east I will/can go. Will now turn around.

Just turned around and now paddling back westwards.

The tide continues to recede.

Still foggy.


Hit a shallow area. Need to step out of my kayak.

Back on my kayak.

Looking to my left across the pond to the southern shore.

On right, three guys shellfishing.

House with a lighthouse on Winnapaug Pond. Nice!

Continuing westwards with the north shore on right.

These guys launching a pair of JetSkis.

The waterbirds of Winnapaug Pond.

On my left now are the rides.

Another shellfisher on waist-deep water.

Veering left. On right is the northwest corner of Winnapaug.

Paddling directly southwards to where I launched from.

A couple shellfishing on Winnapaug Pond.

Approaching my take out.

Looking to my left, the rest of Winnapaug Pond.

Landed. Paddle time is 1 hour and 46 minutes.