Salt Pond Road, Wakefield, RI 02879
This is a very user-friendly launch facility in a small park called “Marina Park” at the head of Point Judith Pond. There are two cement plank boat ramps here. If the ramps are busy with trailered boats (as is common on a nice weekend) space can be a little tight for launching hand-carried boats, but you should be able to find some space. If the ramps are not too busy with trailered boats you can drive to the boat ramp area to load and unload, and then park across the street.
Paddlers can explore the pond or explore the lower Saugatucket River from here. Be mindful of the heavy pleasure boat traffic on the pond! Aside from the pleasure boat traffic, both the pond and the river are usually calm and easy to paddle.
The large grassy area next to the boat launch is the site for a number of annual events such as carnivals and boat shows. The URI sailing club is also in Marina Park.
On most days the southwest wind fills in across this area in the morning and blows throughout the afternoon, so be prepared for this when planning your trip.
This site provides access to the following water bodies in the Saugatucket River watershed: Point Judith Pond, Saugatucket River.