Getting There:

Chart Watch Hill

Chart: NOAA 13214

While Napatree is an ideal anchorage, getting there is a bit tricky. Boaters arriving from the east must negotiate a dangerous reef that runs from Watch Hill Light to the east shore of Fishers Island. The safest passage from the east is closest to the lighthouse through Watch Hill Passage, between G “1” (gong) and R “21” (flashing red “6” bell). Transit the area at slack tide if possible. From there you must head for Stonington Harbor and cut around the northern end of the western breakwater.

From the west your best route is around the western breakwater in Stonington, past Stonington Point, following buoys to the north past G “5” (flashing green) and around the western tip of Sandy Point. Stay in the channel and don’t cut south toward Napatree Point until you’ve passed Seal Rock and RN “22″ (unless you have a shallow draft).

Dockage, Moorings & Service:

  • Nearest fuel is at Watch Hill Boatyard on the Pawcatuck River on Colonel Willie Cove, just north of Watch Hill Cove.
  • Watch Hill Docks Marina (401-596-7807): On Watch Hill Cove. Offers 5 transient slips, 30 and 50 amp service, water. The docks feature a free dinghy dock as well.
  • Watch Hill Yacht Club (401-596-4986): On Watch Hill Cove, the WHYC offers reciprocal privileges to other yacht clubs on a first-come, first-served basis. No reservations. Moorings run $55 per night, and there is launch service.

Anchorage:

  • Most boaters who visit Watch Hill anchor behind the long, sandy arm of Napatree Point. This area offers good protection in most winds and good holding ground with 7’ of depth at MLW.
  • Boaters can drop off and pick up passengers at Watch Hill Docks, north of the Watch Hill Yacht Club. It provides easy access to the town. A dinghy dock is located here as well.

Launch Ramps:

  • The nearest launch ramp is the private ramp at Watch Hill Boatyard  on Colonel Willie Cove, just north of Watch Hill Cove. The marina charges a fee to launch and park.
  • You can also launch at the Barn Hill Wildlife Management Area in Stonington, Connecticut. This free, state-run ramp offers excellent access at all tides, along with good parking, but can be very busy in summer.
  • A free, state-owned ramp is located several miles north of Watch Hill along the Pawcatuck River in Westerly, Rhode Island. It is a well-maintained ramp with floats, but a long run downriver to the Sound.

Harbormaster:

  • (401-593-2022)

Boat & Kayak Rental:

  • Watch Hill Outfitters (401-596-7217; ): Kayak rental and sales
  • Misquamicut Beach Jet Ski Rental (401-596-6169): Rents kayaks, PWCs and paddleboats

Provisions:

  • Bruna’s Café (401-348-0103): Breakfast & lunch items, gourmet coffee, Del’s lemonade, gelato.
  • Bay Street Deli (401-596-6606): Great sandwich items, including lobster rolls, and drinks.

Where to Eat:

  • Ocean House Resort (401-584-7000): Luxury resort and restaurant with incredible views.
  • St. Clair Annex (401-348-8407)
  • Seaside Grill (401-348-6333)
  • Olympia Tea Room & Bar (401-348-8211): Offers contemporary American and European cuisine, including fresh local seafood, great steaks and chops, pastas, beautiful salads, sandwiches, and sumptuous homestyle desserts.
  • Bay Street Deli (401-596-6606): Great sandwich items, including lobster rolls, and drinks.
  • Bruna’s Café  (401-348-0103): Breakfast & lunch items, gourmet coffee, Del’s lemonade, gelato.

Where to Stay:

  • Ocean House (401-584-7000): Expensive, fancy resort and spa with commanding views of the water.
  • The Villa B&B (800-722-9240)

Things to See & Do:

  • Flying Horse Carousel, the oldest continually operating carousel in the country, is located on Flying Horse Beach.
  • Hike out to Fort Mansfield, a Spanish-American War gun emplacement now covered with thick vegetation, at the very western end of Napatree Point.
  • Watch Hill Light: Visit the lighthouse and museum during summer, Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

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