Find your way to over 300 public access points on Rhode Island’s coast using new app

Discovering the Rhode Island Shore is a new free web app offered by Rhode Island Sea Grant and designed to help Ocean State locals and visitors find their way to parks, wildlife refuges, beaches, fishing sites, boat ramps, pathways, and views along Rhode Island’s 400-mile coastline.

This app is a digital update to a 2004 publication, Public Access to the Rhode Island Coast, and provides the most current information available on coastal access points suitable for use by the public. Users can search for sites based on a chosen town or activity, such as swimming or boating, or users can view all of the sites, ordered by nearest location. The app also offers photographs of each site, daily tidal information based on predictions for Newport, local weather conditions, a list of available public amenities, and routable directions to each location.

Sites chosen for this app are either (1) owned by federal, state, or municipal government and managed for the public, (2) owned by private organizations who welcome the public, or (3) designated rights-of-way by the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council (CRMC) or by the municipalities, and are suitable for public use.

“This app is a great extension of the printed guide that includes, but goes far beyond, CRMC’s 222 public rights-of- ways to the shore, and will help residents and visitors take greater advantage of Rhode Island’s shoreline,” says Kevin Cute, CRMC Marine Resources Specialist. “We hope that as more people become aware of and utilize these various access points that we’ll get greater feedback to help manage and preserve public access for future generations.”



Discovering the Rhode Island Shoreline can be found online at It works on computers and mobile devices, and functions like regular app on your smartphone. User feedback and suggestions for updates to listings or additional sites is welcome.

Please contact Monica Allard Cox at with suggestions or questions.





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