RI Improves Launch Ramps in Charlestown, S. Kingstown
June 15, 2018
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) has announced that improvements to freshwater boat ramps at Watchaug Pond in Charlestown (shown above) and Indian Lake in South Kingstown are complete. Construction on the projects began on April 16 with work wrapping up in time for the Father’s Day weekend.
The new boat ramps will provide boaters and anglers with improved access to two of Rhode Island’s most popular boating and fishing areas. The existing ramps at both sites were replaced by new concrete boat ramps, measuring 12′ in width. As an added amenity, DEM also installed a new, 6’-by-20’ timber floating dock at each site.
A third boat ramp improvement project, at Echo Lake in Glocester, is planned for the fall. The existing ramp will be replaced with a boat ramp identical to those installed at Watchaug Pond and Indian Lake, along with a new timber floating dock.
Recreational boating and fishing are ingrained in the culture of the Ocean State. They also are important economic drivers: 54,000 boats use Rhode Island waters each year, including more than 40,000 registered in Rhode Island. As part of a larger network of recreational opportunities in the state, fishing plays an important role in connecting people with nature, promoting health, and attracting tourism. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, there are approximately 175,000 recreational anglers (age 16+) in Rhode Island.