Best Sea Kayaking in Rhode Island

This list represents the most popular sea kayaking in Rhode Island. Use this list to plan your next Rhode Island sea kayaking trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. New Harbor, Block Island


A quintessential Block Island paddle around the Great Salt Pond. This paddle through the bustling Great Salt Pond is a nice way to get a taste of Block Island. From Block Island, experienced paddlers…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Block Island, RI - Sea Kayaking - 4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#2. Hog Island


A fun excursion around a small island in the east passage of Narragansett Bay. Paddlers who enjoy striving for a particular destination will appreciate this trip, which begins in historic Bristol Harb…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Bristol, RI - Sea Kayaking - 7 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#3. Newport Harbor


A sight-seeing paddle through an opulent harbor to a nearby state park. Sailing and yachting are serious passions in Newport, and this harbor plays host to some of the world’s wealthiest watercraft ow…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Newport, RI - Sea Kayaking - 3.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#4. Wickford Harbor


Paddle through historic Wickford Harbor and explore interesting islands and coves. Wickford is a small fishing village within the town of North Kingstown on the western shore of Narragansett Bay—and i…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Wickford, RI - Sea Kayaking - 4.5 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#5. Bristol Harbor


A fairly quiet paddle through a historic harbor. If you enjoy gazing at beautiful sailboats, an occasional yacht, and a few large waterfront houses, but want to avoid all the chaos of Newport, try the…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Bristol, RI - Sea Kayaking - 4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#6. Fogland Beach


A beautiful and potentially challenging paddle on the Sakonnet River. Unlike other saltwater "rivers” mentioned in this book, the Sakonnet doesn’t resemble a river much at all. It is the easternmost e…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Tiverton, RI - Sea Kayaking - 16 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#7. Mackerel Cove


A coastal paddle along southern Conanicut Island into a sheltered cove. Jamestown, which occupies all of Conanicut Island in Narragansett Bay, has beautiful beaches, cute shops and restaurants in its…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Jamestown, RI - Sea Kayaking - 6 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#8. East Passage: Fort Adams to Lands End


This trip combines a tour of Newport Harbor with a view of the famous Newport mansions on the Cliff Walk. Landing is almost impossible because the shoreline is privately owned; the exceptions are Bren…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast"
Newport, RI - Sea Kayaking - 7 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#9. Greenwich Bay


This shallow, 5-square-mile estuary is a good place to paddle even in somewhat rough conditions—water is rarely deeper than waist-high, so you aren’t likely to get into much trouble. The bay is a rich…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Warwick, RI - Sea Kayaking - 10 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#10. Sakonnet River: Sakonnet Point to Tiverton


While much of Rhode Island’s coastal zone is densely populated, the eastern shore has by contrast been left to the farmers, dairy cows, and vintners. The Sakonnet River is the most easterly of three…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast"
Sakonnet, RI - Sea Kayaking - 15 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#11. West Passage: Fort Getty to Fort Wetherill


Dutch Island is a small state island located in the West Passage just to the west of Conanicut Island and Jamestown. It is located at the bay’s south end, where Rhode Island Sound meets the headlands…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast"
Jamestown, RI - Sea Kayaking - 8 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#12. Bristol Harbor to Prudence Island


The mainland has many put-ins for a paddle to Prudence Island, but a launch from Bristol Harbor gives you a good sense of what the island is about. Prudence is 6.5 miles long and 1.6 miles wide. It is…
From the guidebook "Sea Kayaking Along the New England Coast"
Bristol, RI - Sea Kayaking - 13 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#13. The Cove


Travel through the basin of the Sakonnet River to a large, protected cove. The cove located just to the west of the Sakonnet River basin is known by many names. You might hear it called Blue Bell Cove…
From the guidebook "Discover Rhode Island"
Tiverton, RI - Sea Kayaking - 4 miles
Published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books

#14. Prudence Island


Circumnavigate Narragansett Bay’s third largest island and its miles of undeveloped shoreline.…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in New England "
Portsmouth, RI - Sea Kayaking - 16 nautical miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Newport


Paddle past Newport’s historic mansions, rocks, and ledges between Brenton Point and Lands End and along Sachuest Point.…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in New England "
Newport, RI - Sea Kayaking - 13-14 nautical miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#16. Jamestown


Enjoy cliffs, rocks, and ledges; a good surfing beach; lighthouses; and the chance to ogle at several architectural curiosities.…
From the guidebook "AMC's Best Sea Kayaking in New England "
Jamestown, RI - Sea Kayaking - 7-10 nautical miles
Published by Falcon Guides