The heart of Rhode Island is Narragansett Bay, a sparkling body of gentle ocean water which is considered the state's greatest natural resource. Bountiful fishing and shellfishing, challenging sailing conditions, quiet coves and wide, sandy beaches make the bay ideal for water sports. For more than 50 years, 12-meter yachts competed on the bay for sailing's prestigious America's Cup, earning host city Newport the nickname "Sailing Capital of the World."
With over 400 miles of coastline, it's no wonder that boating is one of Rhode Islander's favorite pastimes. Each season, more than 100 boating related events are held on the Rhode Island and Block Island sounds and Narragansett Bay. Maritime events and attractions include weekly yacht club regattas, trans-Atlantic ocean races, canoe and kayaking tours, international boat shows and nautical museums.
Always obey the rules of the waterways and to contact local harbormasters with any questions. The United States Coast Guard is available for emergencies and may be contacted on Channel 16 or at their local stations. Also, boat towing services may also be contacted on Channel 16.
Currently, a boating license is not required to operate a private vessel in Rhode Island waters, however boating clinics and classes are offered in several local towns. Remember the importance of being a responsible boater. For more information contact the Boating and Safety Coordinator at 401-222-2284.
For a listing of Saltwater and Freshwater fishing sites contact Rhode Island Tourism Division, 401-278-9100 for a free Outdoor Activity Guide or call Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Division of Fish & Wildlife, 401-222-3075