Charts: NOAA 13224, 13221
Note: The Warren River channel is narrow and winding, so follow the buoys carefully. Also be aware that boating traffic can be heavy on summer weekends.
To reach the Warren River from lower Narragansett Bay, follow the East Passage entrance channel north to the R “10” bell then proceed northeast to buoy G “1”. Follow the winding channel approximately two miles north through the river; the Warren waterfront will be readily visible to starboard, with the town dock located on the north side of the large, green Blount Seafood building. Striper Marina, Stanley’s Boat Yard and Barrington Yacht Club are located on Barrington’s Tyler Point, another 1/2 mile north, opposite the red former American Tourister/Samsonite factory.
- The Warren Town Dock operates a pump-out station and dinghy dock, and allows a 30-minute tie-up. The town also maintains 5 transient moorings. Contact the harbormaster (401-245-6341). The Warren pump-out boat can be reached at (401-245-7340).
- Galinksi’s Boat Yard (401-245-1940): Small marina located next to Dyer Boats.
- Striper Marina (401-245-6121, VHF 68): Located at southern tip of Tyler Point: Offers slips and moorings, gas and diesel, a launch ramp ($10 daily fee), ice and winter storage. Call for transient slip and mooring availability.
- Barrington Yacht Club (401-245-1181): Also on Tyler Point, the venerable BYC sells gas and diesel and offers reciprocity with affiliated clubs. Transient moorings may be available.
- Stanley’s Boat Yard (401-245-5090): Also on Tyler Point, maintains 124 slips.
- Brewer Cove Haven Marina (401-246-1600): Located a bit farther afield, on Bullock Cove in Barrington, Brewers is a full-service marina offering gas and diesel, haul out, storage, engine repair, a ship’s store, ice, restrooms, shower facilities, a pool and more. Transient slips are available in season.
- Barrington Harbormaster (401-437-3930)
- Warren Harbormaster (401-245-6341)
The only designated anchorage in the Warren area is on the Barrington side of the river, on Smith Cove, on the lower Warren River. The anchorage offers good holding ground and protection from westerly winds, but is exposed to easterlies.
- There is a small paved launch ramp with room for 4 or 5 rigs is located behind the sewage-treatment plant off Water Street. The ramp is very narrow and steep, and should only be used for small vessels and kayaks.
- Excellent public ramps are located at nearby Haines Memorial Park on Bullock Cove in Barrington and Colt State Park in Bristol. Both are recently upgraded concrete ramps with plenty of parking. No fee required.
- Striper Marina also maintains a ramp ($10/day) on the upper Warren River at Tyler Point.
- Steve’s Boat Rentals (401-245-0453) at 294 Market Street rents center consoles, as well as kayaks.
- Blount Clam Shack (401-245-3210): For fried clams and other summer fare, Blount’s is the place to go. It’s located on the Warren River, in front of Blount Seafood. Dock-and-dine if there’s room.
- Tav Vino (401-245-0231): Next to the Warren town dock, has an excellent dinner menu and a cozy atmosphere. Small dock on the river may accommodate boaters.
- Rod’s Grill at 6 Washington St. (401-245-9405): Located just east of the waterfront, Rod’s offers affordable, diner-style fare.
- Warren House of Pizza (401-247-0230): Located on Main Street, a short walk from the waterfront
- India Restaurant (401-245-4500): Located on Main Street, a short walk from the waterfront.
- Bebop Burrito (401-289-2740): Located on Market Street, a short walk from the waterfront.
- For ice cream, shakes, frappes, sundaes and bins of “penny” candy, check out Lyric Twist at 5 Miller St. (401-245-4200), just a short walk from the waterfront.
- Burr’s Hill Park, located at the southern end of Water Street, has a large waterside playground and tennis courts, as well as an outdoor amphitheater where summer concerts are held weekly. The park is also the site of the annual Quahog Festival, held each July.
- If you like to bike, walk or jog, you can pick up the East Bay Bike Path at both Haines Park and Burr’s Hill Park. The bike path runs 14 miles from East Providence to Bristol.
- Warren is loaded with eclectic antiques shops and boutiques within easy walking distance of the waterfront.
East Bay Car Services (401-245-6684)