April 20, 2015
Wickford Names & Numbers
The approaches to Wickford Harbor are deep, well-marked and free of hazards—at least for boats drawing less than 9’. If approaching from the south, via the West Passage, head north and pass below the Jamestown Bridge. After passing Fox Island to port, head northwest to R “2” gong marking the entrance to Wickford Harbor. Once clear of the jetties, you’ll see the free town-maintained transient moorings to port. If bound for the marinas, continue west to R N “8”. Here you can either head south and enter Wickford Cove, which has a controlling channel depth of 6’, or head northwest into Mill Cove after passing R N “10”. The controlling depth in Mill Cove channel is 7’.
Harbormaster (401) 633-5323
Dockage, Moorings & Service
Town of Wickford (401) 633-5323
Wickford maintains several orange transient moorings behind the southern breakwater. Cast per night is $35, with a 3-night maximum stay. Dinghies can be left at the Town Dock, or you can hail the Wickford Harbor Launch on VHF Channel 68. The Town Dock offers free tie-up for up to 2 hours (sometimes longer with permission from the harbormaster).
Wickford Marina (401) 294-8160
Full-service marina on Mill Cove. Accommodates seasonal and transient boats up to 100’. Offers showers, laundry, Jacuzzi, cooking facilities, patio and enclosed tent, kayak rental and winter storage.
Safe Harbor Wickford Cove Marina (401) 884-7014
Full-service marina with transient slips and moorings. Also offers storage, laundry, showers, picnic areas, free WiFi, fuel, pump-out, repair and a 70-ton Travelift.
Wickford Shipyard (401) 294-3361
Amenities include fuel, showers, laundry, pump-out, ice, pool, full marine services and repair. Transient slips and moorings available.
NorthWick Boatyard (401) 932-3613
On Mill Cove. Offers slips and moorings, launch ramp, dockside parking, restrooms and changing rooms, outdoor showers, patio and grill.
Pleasant Street Wharf (401) 294-2791
Storage, hauling, fuel dock, mooring services and seasonal dock rental.
Wickford Harbor Launch Service (401) 294-0021
Mooring shuttle service from Quonset Point to Rome Point; day rates and seasonal subscriptions available. Will even deliver Sunday brunch to your boat.
Wickford Yacht Club (401) 294-9010
Five moorings available for visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Restrooms, showers, patio and trash services also available.
Mill Creek Marine (401) 294-3700
Boat sales, service and winter storage. Can accommodate boats up to 38’.
Anchoring is possible in the bight outside the Wickford breakwaters, in depths of 14’ to 17’. This area offers good holding ground and protection from westerly winds; not so much in a northerly or easterly breeze.
Concrete-slab ramp with tie-up float on Intrepid Drive. Free and ample parking, but limited access at low tide.
At end of Pleasant Street next to Pleasant Street Wharf. Gravel and dirt ramp with few on-street parking spaces available. Best for launching of skiffs and kayaks.
The Kayak Centre (401) 295-4400
Rentals, sales, kayak guided tours and lessons for adults and children.
Where to Eat
Tavern by the Sea (401) 294-5771
Mediterranean-inspired restaurant serving lunch and dinner on a scenic canal on the harbor. Menu includes seafood, gourmet burgers and sandwiches, salads and pasta, along with a full bar.
Waterfront dining option serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Wickford Diner (401) 295-5477
Historic diner open for breakfast and lunch daily. Features quahog dishes, sandwiches and salads.
The Place (401) 294-0800
Juried fine-art festival featuring over 200 artists from New England and beyond. Admission is free for visitors. Held in mid-July.
Seabee Museum & Memorial Park (401) 294-7233
Home of the Quonset hut and WW II naval pontoons, the museum commemorates the Seabees, a military unit dedicated to building military infrastructure required during wartime, beginning in 1942.
Quonset Air Museum (401) 294-9540
Traces Rhode Island’s aviation history through display and restoration of 28 aircraft dating from 1944 to 1983, housed in an original Naval Air Station hangar built in 1945. Hosts a popular air show in late spring.
Smith’s Castle (401) 294-3521
Colonial-era house and gardens on Mill Cove. Open for tours May through October. The home features a library, furniture and artifacts from the 1700s through the 1900s.
Self-guided and docent-led walking tours of nearly 20 historic 1700s and 1800s buildings in downtown Wickford.