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Canoeing & Kayaking

Dutch Island, Narragansett Bay, Rhode Island USA
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Our Route Summary

  • Submitted by: Adam Auclair "thekayakdude"
  • Date Submitted: 11/2002
  • Location: Narragansett Bay, near Jamestown, Rhode Island USA
  • Class: I, ocean bay subject to winds, choppy waves and weather
  • Distance Paddled: estimated 10 miles
  • Water Level: tidal
  • Water: salt
  • Wildlife: cottontail rabbits, gulls, shorebirds
  • Special Regulations:

Entry and Exit

  • Directions: To the Jamestown put in:
    From Newport, take Newport Bridge ($2 toll) over bridge to first exit, Jamestown. At end of exit, take left. Go one mile on East Shore Road to town. Take right at stop sign onto Narragansett Avenue. Take left on Southwest Avenue. Turn right onto Beavertail Road. Turn right onto Ft Getty Road. At Ft Getty, you can launch your kayak or canoe right from the beach. This is the take out and put in spot, as you are going to cross Narragansett Bay (not recommended for open canoes) and travel north to circle the island.
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  • Fee: At Ft Getty, you will have to pay for parking $8-10 per car.
  • Description: paved boat ramp or rocky beach
  • Parking: close to beach and boat ramp
  • Facilities: There are restrooms, picnic areas, and camping sites (need reservations)
  • Handicap Access: restrooms on ground level

What We Saw

From Fort Getty Beach, we paddled across the slightly choppy bay, toward Dutch Island.

The island is 94 acres with a thick forest and some open grassland. It was occupied during World War II by the Military, and has ruins of buildings, bunkers, towers, a hospital and a cool lighthouse. There are many hiking trails and lots of hiding places for the kayaks.

We headed North and circled around the island, viewing old ruins, before we stopped at the cove (on the South side of the island, near the light house). We had lunch at the cove before hiding the kayaks in some brush and hiking to the other various parts to see the ruins.