Weekday Closure at Scarborough South State Beach

Starting Monday, August 15, beach amenities will be closed and following off-season operations at Scarborough South State Beach during weekdays. This facility will be open weekends only for the remainder of the 2022 beach season.

The annual weekday closure of Scarborough South usually occurs the third week of August. It is occurring one week earlier than usual due to a significant loss of seasonal staffing set to occur over the next few weeks. DEM Division of Parks and Recreation is concentrating our remaining seasonal staff at Scarborough North to ensure this popular facility has full coverage. While food concessions will remain open at Scarborough South on weekends, the swimming area will be reduced to Scarborough North’s lifeguard area and restrooms and showers will be closed, however, additional portajohn units will be brought in for this period.

Lifeguard Certification

DEM/Division of Parks and Recreation has implemented changes to the Lifeguard Certification process which we feel increases our ability to keep waterfront properties protected, increase the amount of lifeguard applicants, and make the certification process easier for candidates. This will be a multi-year process, we will be implementing a few of these changes prior to the traditional full certification test this August. View changes.

An additional Lifeguard Certification Surf Test has been scheduled at Sachuest (2nd Beach) in Middletown on August 17 Learn more

Current Operations

State beaches: All state beaches are following regular in-season operations.

Buy your RI state beach season parking pass or daily flex pass online today so you can take advantage of our express lanes.

For information on the East Beach Sand Trail in Charlestown including pricing, equipment requirements, and other regulations regarding barrier beach permits, visit the CRMC website.

State parks: All state parks are open and operating under regular operations. The weekly farmers markets at Goddard Memorial and Fishermen's Memorial State Parks will continue through October. Learn more

State campgrounds: All state campgrounds are following regular operations. Book your next stay here.

Outdoor Safety Tips

Rhode Island's network of state parks, beaches, and campgrounds welcome close to 9 million visitors each year. Are you planning a visit? Knowing these safety tips will help you have a safe, fun, and relaxing time.


COVID-19 Updates for RI State Parks

Getting outdoors and enjoying the beauty of nature are great ways to relieve stress and important to public health. DEM Division of Parks and Recreation recognizes the value of spending time in nature. We are committed to ensuring visitors and staff enjoy safe and memorable experiences at our state parks and beaches. We encourage Rhode Islanders to recreate locally, practice social distancing, and use common sense to protect themselves and others. We appreciate your support and patience as we navigate this public health crisis together. Find the latest information about COVID-19 from the Rhode Island Department of Health.

Sports: Find guidance and resources for sports teams and facilities venues here.

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If you have a specific question/concern, please contact us at DEM.RIparks@dem.ri.gov.