Mackerel Cove

Jamestown, Rhode Island

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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 small downtown area, a bustling harbor, and more manageable crowds than nearby Newport. This is a popular spot for divers, because the small coves just off the park offer deep and temperate waters and the chance to see many species of fish. From the boat launch, paddle west along the coastline and explore the quiet coves. The surf can get heavy here, and on rough days this trip is only appropriate for experienced paddlers.

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"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 small downtown area, a bustling harbor, and more manageable crowds than nearby Newport.

This is a popular spot for divers, because the small coves just off the park offer deep and temperate waters and the chance to see many species of fish. From the boat launch, paddle west along the coastline and explore the quiet coves. The surf can get heavy here, and on rough days this trip is only appropriate for experienced paddlers."

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Jamestown
Distance: 6
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round; best spring through fall
Local Contacts: Fort Wetherill State Park
Local Maps: USGS Narragansett Pier
Driving Directions: Directions to Mackerel Cove

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May 2018