RHODE ISLAND SWIMMING HOLES
(7 PLACES)

UPDATED 9/2014

 

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ALTON
(ALTO)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS CAROLINA, BRADFORD, WOOD RIVER JUNCTION, ALTON
LAT, LON lat=41.43778, lon=-71.72253 (source: DeLorme) (accuracy: exact)
Link to Topozone Map       Link to Google Map
STATE RI
WATER Wood River
TYPE River
DESCRIPTION This description from a fan: "The Wood River - there are several different areas where folks swim. There are "legends" of the rope swing in Ashaway. This particular place is near the RT 91 bridge over the Wood River." No further details.
AREAS None
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING South of here at the Burlingame Management Area
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS

From I-95 in southwestern RI, take Exit 3A (RT 138 east) toward URI/Kingston. At the Richmond School, take RT 112 south (right) towards Carolina. That meets up at an intersection of RT 112/91. Turn west (right) on RT 91 and head west towards Bradford for about .75 mile. RT 91 goes past Carolina Management Area, then see on the right Alton Landing, a DEM fishing launch area. The bridge is right there and the swimming area is near the bridge. No further directions..

CONFIDENCE Pretty Confident
VERIFIED BY WEBMASTER No
DATE UPDATED 5/7/2003



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ASHVILLE POND
(ASHV)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP A Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond


A Road Trip Dip
 
TOWNS HOPE VALLEY, CANONCHET
LAT, LON lat=41.50061, lon=-71.75222 Source: DeLorme  Accuracy: exact

          Link to Google Map

STATE RI
WATER Freshwater pond
TYPE Pond
DESCRIPTION

This description from a fan: "A crystal clear man-made pond which used to be a farm field between two high "cliff" areas. Asheville Pond is a DEM (State) owned pond. There is no fee, and no lifeguard. There's a small roadside sandy area (good for kids), a man-made dam with a couple of diving platform type rocks (older kids) and some jumping cliffs up the road on the North side of the pond. Beautiful sunsets. On weekends, can be a little rowdy with teenagers, but I still like to go for a swim there, esp. around 4-5 p.m. The water is never too cold, always about 65-70 deg. F If you distance-swim, you'll like this pond, which is a couple of acres in length."

"There is good hiking and camping nearby. The pond is stocked, but the biggest fish I've ever seen was a "pumpkin seed." There are snakes sometimes (non-poisonous,) and in the heat of summer, an algae like growth tends to crowd the baby-beach area. Excellent sandwiches can be had at Ma & Pa's on Main Street in Hope Valley. An after-swim or after-hike beer can be had at the Wood River Inn, Richmond (on RT 3/138, about 5 miles East of the pond.)"

AREAS Asheville Pond is a State DEM facility
SANCTION Official
FEE No
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Jumping
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING North of here at Arcadia Management Area
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS

From I-95 in southwestern RI, take Exit 2 and go north and west toward RT 3. Turn south (left) on RT 3 and go about a mile. Go north (right) onto Canonchet Rd and go about 2 miles, past the church on the left, past the factory and the tiny village. The pond is on your left. Park on the side of the road.

CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED BY WEBMASTER By another
DATE UPDATED 5/7/2003



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COLT STATE PARK
(COLT)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS PROVIDENCE, E. PROVIDENCE, BRISTOL
STATE RI
WATER Narragansett Bay
TYPE Bay (salt water)
DESCRIPTION

Rocky bay beach area, clothing gets more optional (by tradition, i.e., not patrolled by police) the further you walk down the beach.

The Bristol Town Beach which has swimming (fee, clothing required) is near here also, but this is a different place.

AREAS Colt State Park/ Bristol Town Beach
SANCTION Official at Bristol Town Beach (fee), unofficial elsewhere
FEE No at State Park; Yes at Bristol Town Beach, unknown fee.
FACILITIES Picnic tables, toilets
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Colt State Park: (401)253-7482; Bristol Town Beach: (401)253-1611
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Optional (unofficially)
DIRECTIONS

From Providence, take I-195 east to RT 136 south toward Bristol, to Colt State Park. (in total, about 15 miles)

In the state park, go to the Surprise Hill parking lot and park. Follow the path to the steps and down the steps then turn left. The further you walk, the more clothing optional it gets.

CONFIDENCE Pretty Confident
VERIFIED BY WEBMASTER No
DATE UPDATED 4/17/2001



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FORT WETHERILL STATE PARK
(FORT)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP A Family-Friendly
Walden's Pond
TOWNS JAMESTOWN
LAT, LON lat=41.479281, lon=-71.361265 (source: Google) (accuracy: approximate)
Link to Google Map
STATE RI
WATER Rhode Island Sound
TYPE Bay
DESCRIPTION

This description from a fan: "There's a little-known crescent beach protected by a rocky channel - excellent for snorkeling. Protected by the winds, and offering some shade, this is where I used to bring my daughter to play all day. I'd even put her in the swim ring. When she got older, of course, she required water shoes due to the pebbly shore. No lifeguard, no fee. A short hike takes you up onto the cliffs and a breathtaking view of Narragansett Bay. Some kids dive off the rocks here."

"Fort Wetherill would be my "family" choice for ocean swimming - reason being, there's no waves (cove beach) and PLENTY for tots to explore - lots of rocks to turn over in search of hermit crabs and whatnot. I do recommend they wear water shoes. And to bring a mask, because it's really lovely snorkeling. Also, there is shade, while many other R.I. beaches lack same. And it's free."

AREAS Fort Wetherill State Park
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, Snorkeling, Jumping
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Customary
DIRECTIONS

From Providence, go south on I-95 and onto RT 1 through Wickford then turn east (left) on RT 138. Cross the Jamestown Bridge onto the island then go south to Fort Wetherill State Park. Go into the parking lot, take a left, go all the way down to the lot where the divers go. There's a little-known crescent beach protected by a rocky channel - excellent for snorkeling.

CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED BY WEBMASTER By another
DATE UPDATED 5/7/2003



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LINCOLN WOODS
(LINC)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP HOMEPAGE


Road Trip Dip
TOWNS PROVIDENCE, PAWTUCKET, CUMBERLAND
STATE RI
WATER Blackstone River
TYPE Pond
DESCRIPTION One of the few non-salt water swimming holes in RI. Beach is on Olney Pond.
AREAS Lincoln Woods State Park
SANCTION Official
FEE None
FACILITIES Picnic tables, changing rooms, toilets
ACTIVITIES Swimming, horseback riding
PHONE (401)723-7892
CAMPING None
BATHING SUITS Required
DIRECTIONS From Providence, take I-95 N to RT 146 N to Lincoln Woods State Park, then follow signs.
CONFIDENCE Pretty Confident
VERIFIED BY WEBMASTER No
DATE UPDATED 03/09/2008



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POINT JUDITH
(POIN)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP HOMEPAGE
TOWNS PROVIDENCE, WAKEFIELD, POINT JUDITH
STATE RI
WATER POINT JUDITH HARBOR
TYPE Bay (salt water)
DESCRIPTION

The "Apex" of the Point Judith - Harbor of Refuge breakwater shelters a shallow sand bar that has been built up over the years by storm tossed sand settling out after waves break over the breakwater. Clear (for New England) ocean water flows through the Harbor of Refuge, making this an ideal swimming and snorkeling site.

The "Apex" is accessible only by boat. The "Night Heron" excursion boat carries swimmers and snorkelers to the Apex every Thursday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. during July and August. The Night Heron leaves from the Snug Harbor Marina in Wakefield, RI.

AREAS Point Judith - Harbor of Refuge
SANCTION Official
FEE For excursion boat schedule and fee see web site above
FACILITIES Unknown
ACTIVITIES Swimming, snorkeling
PHONE 1(888)644-8476 (Snug Harbor Marina)
CAMPING Unknown
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS From Providence, take I-95 south to Rt. 4 south then Rt. 1 south (in total about 30 miles) to Wakefield to Snug Harbor Marina to get boat.
CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED BY WEBMASTER No
DATE UPDATED 4/17/2001



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TWELVE O'CLOCK HIGH
(TWEL)

NO PHOTO TO STATE MAP
TOWNS NEWPORT, BRENTON POINT
LAT, LON lat=41.45269, lon=-71.35722(source: DeLorme) (accuracy: approximate)
Link to Google Map
STATE RI
WATER Rhode Island Sound
TYPE Bay
DESCRIPTION

This description from a fan: "Across from Brenton State Park, Newport, on Ocean Drive. Park at Brenton Park, walk across street to the right of the park, before Castle Hill lighthouse. An outcropping covered in grass and surrounded by a fieldstone wall. On the other side of the wall there are numerous paths out to the outcropping or to the many coves down below. Very private. And beautiful views of Castle Hill and the passage into Narragansett Bay. DO NOT DIVE HERE. No lifeguard or fee."

AREAS None- but near Brenton Point State Park
SANCTION Unofficial
FEE No
FACILITIES None
ACTIVITIES Swimming
PHONE Unknown
CAMPING None at site
BATHING SUITS Unknown
DIRECTIONS

From Providence, go south on I-95 and onto RT 1 through Wickford then turn east (left) on RT 138. Cross the Jamestown Bridge and Newport Bridge onto Newport. Go to the extreme southwest point of Newport, to Brenton Point State Park. The swimming place is across from Brenton Point State Park, on Ocean Drive. Park at Brenton Point State Park, walk across street to the right of the park, before Castle Hill lighthouse, there is an outcropping covered in grass and surrounded by a fieldstone wall. On the other side of the wall there are numerous paths out to the outcropping or to the many coves down below. Very private.

CONFIDENCE Very Confident
VERIFIED BY WEBMASTER By another
DATE UPDATED 5/7/2003


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