Narragansett Bay is a bay and estuary on the north side of Rhode Island Sound. Covering 147 mi² (380 km²), the Bay forms New England's largest estuary, which functions as an expansive natural harbor, and includes a small archipelago.
Like a precious gem in a fine jeweled setting Narragansett Bay is the sparkling geographic center of Rhode Island. Sailing, boating, fishing, kayaking, cruising, swimming and seal watching are a few of the great recreational opportunities enjoyed by millions of visitors each year. Historic villages nestled along the scenic coast offer waterfront dining, shopping, adventure sport outfitters and more.
Don't have your own boat? We have scores of ways to explore the Bay for fun and learning. Relax on a narrated boat cruise along the islands of the Bay. Sail into the sunset on a historic schooner. Relive America 's Cup heritage by crewing on a twelve meter yacht. Cast your line while enjoying a fishing boat excursion. Paddle your kayak along the Bay's pristine coastline for an unforgettable experience. Whatever you choose, we've got all the details for you to enjoy our Jewels of the Bay.
Narragansett Bay's protected harbors and inlets provide a perfect refuge to enjoy water related recreation. Bayside outfitters rent recreational equipment including: snorkel gear, boats, jetskis, canoes, and kayaks.
While there are over thirty islands in the bay the three largest are Aquidneck Island, Conanicut Island, and Prudence Island. Bodies of water that are part of Narragansett Bay include the Sakonnet River; Mount Hope Bay; and the southern, tidal part of the Taunton River. The bay opens on Rhode Island Sound and the Atlantic Ocean; Block Island lies less than 20 miles from its opening. Bridges over parts of the bay include two suspension bridges, the Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge and Mount Hope Bridge, the Jamestown-Verrazano Bridge, and the Braga Bridge which forms the Narragansett Bay crossing of United States Interstate 195.
We fish Narragansett Bay from its most northern end in the Seekonk River and Providence River to its southern end at the mouth of the bay near Jamestown and Newport and almost every place in between. We also fish Mount Hope Bay and the Sakonnet River. The bay is filled with inlets, coves, ledges, piers, docks, bridges.
The Rhode Island fishing charters season starts in in early May as the striped bass shoot up Narragansett Bay to hunt for herring and bunker where we will be waiting for them. The fly fishing and topwater light tackle fishing in Narragansett Bay during May and June can be epic! When the conditions are right 30 or 40 fish on light tackle per charter are commonplace. Spring fishing on Narragansett Bay is hard to beat.