The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends closing Gooseberry, Hazards and Fort Adams Beaches in Newport for swimming because of high bacteria levels.

RIDOH recommends re-opening Surfer’s End Beach at Sachuest Beach in Middletown because bacteria have returned to acceptable levels.

2019 Beach Season Closures

BeachCity/TownClosed OnRe-OpenedNumber of Days Closed
2019 Statewide (for bacteria)    
Third BeachMiddletown5/29/20195/31/20192
Barrington Town BeachBarrington6/6/20196/7/20191
Spring Lake BeachBurrillville6/11/20196/19/198
Grinell’s BeachTiverton6/19/20196/21/20192
King Park BeachNewport6/20/20196/21/20191
Third BeachMiddletown6/20/20196/21/20191
Peabody’s BeachMiddletown6/20/20196/21/20191
Sandy Point BeachPortsmouth6/20/20196/25/20195
Spring Lake BeachBurrillville6/21/20196/23/20192
Fort Adams BeachNewport6/22/20196/26/20194
Camp AquapaugWest Kingston6/24/20196/25/20191
Kent County YMCA Lower and Upper PondsWarwick6/24/20196/25/20191
Ginny B’s CampgroundFoster6/26/20196/28/20192
Third BeachMiddletown6/27/20196/28/20191
Sandy Point BeachPortsmouth6/27/20196/29/20192
Kent County YMCA Lower PondWarwick7/8/20197/12/20194
Burlingame State Park Picnic AreaCharlestown7/10/20197/11/20191
Camp WatchaugCharlestown7/8/197/11/20193
Harmony Hill School BeachChepachet7/18/20197/23/20195
Kent County YMCA Upper PondWarwick7/21/20197/23/20192
Kent County YMCA Lower PondWarwick7/21/20197/29/20198
Scarborough Beach SouthNarragansett7/24/20197/25/20191
Easton’s BeachNewport7/24/20197/25/20191
North Kingstown Town BeachNorth Kingstown7/24/20197/26/20192
Saunderstown Yacht ClubSaunderstown7/24/20197/26/20192
Barrington Town BeachBarrington7/24/20197/25/20191
YMCA Camp GrosvenorSaunderstown7/24/20197/29/20195
Gooseberry BeachNewport7/24/20197/26/20192
Bonnet Shores BeachNarragansett7/24/20197/26/20192
Fort Adams State Park BeachNewport7/25/20197/26/20191
Third BeachMiddletown7/25/20197/27/20192
Peabody’s BeachMiddletown7/25/20197/27/20192
Sandy Point BeachPortsmouth7/25/20197/27/20192
Dunes Park BeachWesterly7/25/20197/27/20192
Scarborough Beach SouthNarragansett7/30/20198/1/20192
Scarborough Beach NorthNarragansett7/30/20197/31/20191
Camp WachaugCharlestown7/31/20198/2/20192
Briar Point BeachCoventry7/31/20198/2/20192
Burlingame State Park Picnic AreaCharlestown8/1/20198/2/20191
Easton’s BeachNewport8/1/20198/2/20191
Kent County YMCA Upper PondWarwick8/1/20198/5/20194
Kent County YMCA Lower PondWarwick8/1/20198/5/20194
Conimicut Point BeachWarwick8/2/20198/3/20191
Roy Carpenter BeachSouth Kingstown8/2/20198/6/20194
Yawgoog Scout ReservationHopkinton8/2/20198/3/20191
Kent County YMCA Upper and Lower PondsWarwick8/9/2019  
YMCA Camp FullerSouth Kingstown8/15/20198/16/20191
YMCA Camp WatchaugCharlestown8/16/20198/20/20194
Burlingame State Park Picnic AreaCharlestown8/16/20198/20/20194
Third BeachMiddletown8/16/20198/20/20194
Surfer’s Rock at Sachuest BeachMiddletown8/20/20198/22/20192
Gooseberry BeachNewport8/21/20198/22/20191
Camp GrosvenorSaunderstown8/21/2019  
Bristol Town BeachBristol8/22/20198/23/20191
Dyer Woods CampgroundFoster8/22/20198/27/20195
Surfer’s Rock at Sachuest BeachMiddletown8/23/20198/28/20195
Burlingame State Park CampgroundCharlestown8/23/20198/27/20194
Hazards BeachNewport8/28/2019  
Gooseberry BeachNewport8/28/2019  
Fort Adams State Park BeachNewport8/28/2019 

RIDOH will continue to monitor the water quality regularly to assure safe bathing throughout the beach season. The status of a beach may change as new data become available. The most up-to-date beach information is available through a recorded message on RIDOH’s beaches telephone line (401-222-2751) and at www.health.ri.gov.

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