Storm Updates for Tropical Storm Henri

Tropical Storm Henri – which directly hit state beaches, management areas, and several other facilities on Sunday, August 22, 2021 – necessitated the temporary closure of State beaches, campgrounds, and some parks.

State beaches: All state beaches are open and following regular in-season hours. The summer beach season ends on Tuesday, September 7. 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 2022 beach season!

NOTE: Scarborough North and South State Beaches in Narragansett are still under a water quality alert due to high bacteria levels. The Rhode Island Department of Health is currently reviewing beach water quality and may change the status as new data becomes available. Check RIDOH’s recorded message for the latest water quality status at 401-222-2751. Find other swimming area alerts and learn more about the program at learn more about RIDOH’s Beach Monitoring Program.

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. DEM urges the public to stay away from any downed trees and to contact DEM (at DEM.RIparks@dem.ri.gov) in case they see any trees that are leaning, possibly indicating structural problems.


State campgrounds: As of August 31, all state campgrounds are open and following regular in-season hours/camping policies.

Due to ongoing service issues related to storm damage, phone lines at Burlingame, East Beach, and Charlestown Breachway Campgrounds are currently down. Rhode Island State Parks thanks campers for their patience as we work to restore phone service.

  • Campers seeking to reach Burlingame for refund and rebooking questions can call RI Parks at 401-667-6200 (M-F 8:30 AM-4:00 PM) or email BurlingameCampground@gmail.com.
  • Campers seeking to reach East Beach and Charlestown Breachway to notify of late check-ins or questions can email Regional Manager Kyle Cahoon at kyle.cahoon@dem.ri.gov.
 

Please continue to check back on this webpage for updates.


Refund and Rebooking Information For Campers with Existing Reservations Affected by Closures Related to Tropical Storm Henri:

Canceled Reservations: All reservations with arrival dates beginning Saturday, 8/21 with departure dates up to and including Thursday 8/26 (and through Tuesday, 8/31 for Burlingame reservations) have been canceled in their entirety. Refunds will be issued automatically in full by Reserve America less the non-refundable booking fee.

Refunds for reservations with an arrival date of Friday, 8/20 will be handled on a case by case basis. We ask for patience as we sort though these reservations and refund accordingly. Please be advised that if you checked in and camped on Friday night 8/20, you will be charged for this night of camping. Only those campers that physically checked out on Friday at the permit office and chose not to stay have been credited with a refund.

Campers with reservations that were canceled may either call the campground or come into the permit office to re-book their stay. Whether they choose to call by phone or come in, campers will need to do this the SAME day they wish to camp. Campers will not be charged the booking fee. It’s likely, although not guaranteed, that they will be able to reserve the same campsite.

*Please be advised that the ability to call in to make a same-day reservation is only available for this particular circumstance. This ability will not be available during any other time during the camping season. Same day reservations will only be taken directly at the permit office.

Below is the contact information for the campgrounds:

  • Burlingame State Campground: Phone lines (401-409-1138) at the campground are currently down, please email BurlingameCampground@gmail.com or call RI Parks HQ at 401-667-6200 (M-F 8:30 AM-4:00 PM)
  • Charlestown Breachway State Campground: Phone lines (401-322-8910) at the campground are currently down, please email email kyle.cahoon@dem.ri.gov.
  • East Beach State Campground: Phone lines (401-322-8910) at the campground are currently down, please email email kyle.cahoon@dem.ri.gov.
  • Fishermen’s Memorial State Campground: 401-789-8374
  • George Washington State Campground: 401-568-6700
 

Delayed Reservations: All reservations with arrival dates beginning Saturday, 8/21 with a departure date after Friday, 8/27 (or after Monday, 8/29 for Burlingame) have not been canceled, but the arrival date will be postponed pending the reopening of campgrounds. Campers with delayed reservations may arrive to check in when campgrounds reopen. Their reservation will be adjusted at that time. For example: If the campground is able to open on 8/24 and a camper has a reservation with an arrival on Saturday 8/21 with a departure on 8/28, the camper will be refunded three nights.


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.

Traveling to Rhode Island

Beachgoers and campers traveling to Rhode Island should visit RI Department of Health's website for Travel Information for Residents and Visitors. If you're not fully vaccinated, wear a mask indoors and within three feet of others outdoors to protect yourself and your household from COVID-19. learn more.

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

State Beaches: Are now following regular in-season hours/operations. Find information on beach parking pass and more here.

State Campgrounds: Are now following regular in-season hours/operations. State Campground Policies/Information

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

DEM-managed bike paths: the Blackstone River Bikeway, the East Bay Bike Path, Washington Secondary Bike Path – and state management areas remain open.

Golf: The Goddard Memorial Golf Course is open daily. No walk-ins. Golfers must secure a tee time and follow new guidelines. Learn more here.

Boat Launches: Boat launch sites are open where conditions allow.