Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and Campground
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Introduction

Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and Campground is on Point Judith Road (Route 108) in Narragansett, Rhode Island. This lush park has 182 RV and tent campsites in four different campgrounds so you can enjoy all that the area has from basketball to swimming. Not only do they have their own recreational activities like tennis, volleyball, playgrounds, and picnic/BBQ sites, the park is also within walking distance of the Block Island Ferry Dock, Scarborough State Beach, Salty Brine State Beach, and Roger Wheeler State Beach.

The 91-acre park was originally Fort Greene, which was used to protect the western side of the Narragansett Bay during World War II. It was named after a war hero, Nathaniel Greene from Warwick. During the war, the military base was designed to look like a farm and barn silo to keep it from being attacked. The “silo” had 16-inch gun turrets built into it around the top. In 1970, the park was renamed to honor the fishermen in the Narragansett area, which was the tuna capital of the world at the time.

The lovely and well-manicured site has the look and feel of a seaside village that attracts the locals as well as others who come from all over the country to visit. Whether you are coming for the beach, looking for some peace away from the city, or want to get back to nature, Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and Campground is for you.

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Transportation in Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and Campground

Driving

Just 15 minutes from Newport, 20 minutes from Charlestown, and an hour from Providence, Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and Campground in Narragansett is right on the southern tip of Rhode Island. No matter where you are coming from, Interstate 1 will get you to Route 108 and the entrance to the park on Point Judith Road.

Interstate 1 is known to be one of the most scenic roadways in the country with miles of open prairies, ocean views, and grand forests of mature pines and oaks. Be sure to bring your camera and keep it handy during your drive so you can get some pictures to share on Facebook. You can also see some historic places such as Indian Lake, Perch Cove, Rocky Meadows Farm, and the Willow Dell.

When you get to the park itself, you will have no trouble at all getting around because the park was set up for RV users. However, you will need to watch for low hanging branches at certain times of the year. It is best to park your rig at the campsite and walk or bike to wherever you want to go because there is limited parking throughout the campground and park.

Parking

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Campgrounds and parking in Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and Campground

Campsites in Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and Campground

Reservations camping

Area 4

Area 4 has 42 campsites with full hookups, and pads ranging from 25 to 50 feet in length. The paved roads give you easy access to the campground and all the campsites and most of the sites have large bushes and shrubs between campsites to provide privacy. The beach is within walking distance and there are several other beaches that you can bike or drive to nearby.

In addition, there are basketball and tennis courts as well as a volleyball net for your enjoyment. The paved roads and short manicured grass make it easy for kids (and adults) to ride their bikes. Another bonus is the farmer’s market they have at the entrance to the campground on Sundays from May until October. Your pets are welcome as long as they are leashed, and you must have proof of registration and certification.

Area 2

Area 2 has 65 campsites that offer full hookups, with camping pads ranging from 30 to 50 feet in length so your camper or RV should fit in nicely. Some of these are pull-throughs while others are back-ins, so if you have a preference, it is best to reserve a site online ahead of time. There is a shower house with hot water and flush restrooms right in the middle of the campground by campsite 25.

In addition, there are basketball and tennis courts as well as a volleyball net for your enjoyment. The paved roads and short manicured grass make it easy for kids (and adults) to ride their bikes. Another bonus is the farmer’s market they have at the entrance to the campground on Sundays from May until October. Your pets are welcome as long as they are leashed, and you must have proof of registration and certification.

Area 1

If you are into water sports, Area 1 is for you. Point Judith Pond is only a few feet from your campsite if you choose sites 70 through 74 and the rest of them are just a few feet further. This campground offers 40 spacious campsites with full hookups, fire pits, picnic tables, and pads ranging from 30 to 50 feet in length. Be sure to reserve a site online, especially if you plan on visiting during the summer. The nearest restrooms and shower houses are at Area 2 by campsite 25 and at Area 3 by campsite 120. You can find the playground for the kiddies down by Area 4 along with an RV dump site, shower house, restrooms, and the ranger station.

In addition, there are basketball and tennis courts as well as a volleyball net for your enjoyment. The paved roads and short manicured grass make it easy for kids (and adults) to ride their bikes. Another bonus is the farmer’s market they have at the entrance to the campground on Sundays from May until October. Your pets are welcome as long as they are leashed, and you must have proof of registration and certification.

First-come first-served

First-Come, First-Served

All sites are available for first-come, first-served at the discretion of the park ranger. However, this will be on a day to day basis and you may have to move if someone happens to reserve the site you are at.

Alternate camping

Area 3

Area 3 has 35 campsites for tent camping only. There is a shower house with hot water and restrooms with running water in the middle of the campground by campsite 120. In addition, there are basketball and tennis courts as well as a volleyball net for your enjoyment. The paved roads and short manicured grass make it easy for kids (and adults) to ride their bikes. Another bonus is the farmer’s market they have at the entrance to the campground on Sundays from May until October. Your pets are welcome as long as they are kept on a leash at all times and you must have proof of registration and certification.

Seasonal activities in Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and Campground

In-Season

Playing

No matter what sport you are into, you can do it at Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and Campground. They have a large basketball court, horseshoes, a lighted tennis court, and volleyball nets at the beach so make sure you pack your sports equipment in the camper before you head out. And if those sports don’t interest you, there is plenty of room to set up a badminton net, play frisbee, or take the kids to the playground and join them on the slide and swings.

Swimming

There are several beaches close to Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and Campground including Scarborough State Beach, Salty Brine State Beach, and Roger Wheeler State Beach. The park itself has a sandy beach right next to campsites 70 through 74 but you can walk to the beach from any campsite in the park. So make sure you pack your floaties and other beach toys in the RV, as well as towels and sunscreen. Pack a lunch too and spend the day soaking up the sun before heading back to the campsite for the night.

Boating

Kayaks and canoes as well as rafts are popular at the Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and Campground. Grab some of your friends or family and toss the kayaks on the rig for a fun weekend on Point Judith Pond where you can find many sandbars or gravel bars to stop and enjoy as your own private island. The pond is crystal clear and beautiful at all times of the year so you can see the fish and other aquatic critters as you float by.

Off-Season

Picnicking

Get all your friends into the camper and head to the Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and Campground for a picnic or BBQ. There are a lot of picnic tables with BBQ pits all over the park and two picnic shelters that you can reserve if you have a large amount of people. Do you have a dog? Bring them along. The park welcomes pets, as long as they are leashed. Also, there are playgrounds for the kids and restrooms for your convenience while you are here.

Fishing

The fish in the Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and Campground are always hungry so make sure you pack your fishing gear in the RV. Point Judith Pond is 1,777 acres where the salt-water from the ocean meets the fresh water from the pond. In fact, it is the second largest salt pond in Rhode Island. There are many varieties of marine life such as striped bass, largemouth, and smallmouth bass. Pickerel and perch are also numerous here and they get big so bring a net.

Hiking

During the off-season, you may think that there is nothing to do at Fishermen’s Memorial State Park and Campground. However, some visitors say that this is the best time of year to visit because the park is less crowded when it gets cold outside. Bundle up and take a hike on the Woodland Trail. It takes you through the forest on the natural woodland trail system and by the many historical buildings left on the property. You will see many different trees, plants, and a variety of critters like whitetail deer, wild turkeys, and bald eagles.

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