The Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) recommends closing Surfer’s End at Sachuest Beach in Middletown for swimming because of high bacteria levels, and re-opening YMCA Camp Watchaug and Burlingame Picnic Area in Charlestown since bacteria counts there have returned to acceptable levels.

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

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 BeachMiddletown8/20/2019  

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