If you toured the area, you must have been on Route 1 (if you weren't
on Rt. 1, then you were in the wrong state...!) As you drive along Rt 1
between Westerly and Charlestown, you pass thru the "neighborhood" of
Quonochontaug. There is a Texaco gas station which isn't really in a
town, but out on its own with a few other buildings around. It is
situated between West Beach Road and East Beach Road (very original
names...). You will want to turn onto East Beach Rd. If you are coming
from the east, make a U-turn at the Texaco station, and if you're coming
from the west, the turn is well marked and just past the Texaco. Follow
East Beach Rd right down to the end where it turns into a dirt road and
bares left along the shoreline. This "turn" is at the Blue
Shutters/Charlestown beach entry, which sometimes distracts people. The
dirt road ends at the entrance gate to the state owned East
Beach/Ninigret area parking lot.
The pay-for-parking season is usually May 1 to sometime between mid
Sept and mid Oct, depending on who's running things any year. Outside of
those times, there is no charge, but also no portapotties. (Go back to
the one at the Texaco station.) From about the 3rd weekend of June thru
Labor Day, you have to get there before 8:30 or earlier to be sure of a
parking place. If it is a stormy day, they often do not charge at all
and the place is filled with sailors.
There used to be grass in the center of the lot where we rig, but
several storms have reduced the amount of grass to "thin". There is also
ocean access but it is rarely used for windsurfing as the break is not
at all friendly and there is a steep drop off, making the launch rather
bad. Hardly anyone sails that side.
let me know if you need more info
> Where are the launches at Ninigret Pond. I toured through area two weeks
> ago but didn't locate any launches . Spoke with one guy sailing at Point
> Judith but he said he didn't sail at Ninigret. I would like to try the area
> this season. Thanks.
> > Ninigret pond in RI is a very good place.
> > Flat water and ocean wind.
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