Greenwich Bay

Warwick, Rhode Island

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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 source of shellfish such as quahogs and clams. In 1992, a severe storm led to excessive bacteria in the bay, and it was closed to shell fishing for eighteen months. Thanks to efforts by a group called the Greenwich Bay Initiative, much of the bay is safe for fishing again—though it still closes after storms deliver 1.5 inches or more of rain. This trip offers many opportunities to explore inlets and coves; you can also paddle past the mouths of these inlets to cover as much coastline as you have time for.
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Discover Rhode Island

by Christie Matheson (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

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 source of shellfish such as quahogs and clams.

In 1992, a severe storm led to excessive bacteria in the bay, and it was closed to shell fishing for eighteen months. Thanks to efforts by a group called the Greenwich Bay Initiative, much of the bay is safe for fishing again—though it still closes after storms deliver 1.5 inches or more of rain. This trip offers many opportunities to explore inlets and coves; you can also paddle past the mouths of these inlets to cover as much coastline as you have time for.

©  Christie Matheson/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Warwick
Distance: 10
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round; best spring through fall
Local Maps: USGS East Greenwich
Driving Directions: Directions to Greenwich Bay

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May 2018