Improvement Project at East Matunuck State Beach

An off-season project is occuring at East Matunuck State Beach in South Kingstown that adds another lane to the entrance and strengthens stormwater controls. During construction, the beach will remain open to pedestrians, but the parking lot may be closed.
Latest Project Update | Initial Announcement

Fluorescent Orange Requirements

Getting outdoors at a state management areas or designated undeveloped state parks? Wear orange so you stay visible to hunters! Hikers, bikers, birdwatchers, horseback riders, and others are required to wear solid daylight fluorescent orange at either 200 square inches (hat or vest) or 500 square inches (both) at certain times of the year. Learn More

Current Operations

State beaches: All state beaches are following regular off-season operations. During the off-season RI State Beaches gates are open and it is free to park. No lifeguards are on duty and beach pavilions are closed. Portajohns are available at a majority of our locations and will remain as long as weather conditions allow. Check back for updates for the 2023 beach season!

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.

Golf: The Goddard Memorial Golf Course is open daily. Secure a tee time.


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.

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