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Clear throughout the day.
Lat41° 22' 15.97''
Lon-71° 49' 53.03''
Located on the Connecticut/Rhode Island state line, the Pawcatuck River is home to the town of Pawcatuck, a well-equipped yachting area. The Pawcatuck River Inlet is 17 miles west of Block Island, 18 miles east of New London and 30 miles southwest of Newport. Although the river requires an indirect northern approach through Little Narragansett Bay, the Pawcatuck River is popular with boaters and cruising mariners.
The town of Pawcatuck is is located about three miles up the Pawcatuck River, and along the way you will find no less than 10 marine facilities, almost all of which will accept transients at their slips. Moorings are limited in the river due to its narrow nature, but they are around; you just have to look. There are two marinas in the town of Pawcatuck itself, and one of them will accept transients. Westerly, RI, is right across the river and has its own set of marinas.
Use NOAA Chart 13214.
The Pawcatuck River is reached via a northern route through Little Narragansett Bay. The southerly route near Watch Hill has depths of one foot throughout and is basically impassable. From inside the breakwaters at Stonington Point to the north, pick up flashing red buoy 2, and then chart a course for red nun 4 to the northeast. Once you have cleared the red nun buoy, move toward the northeast to intercept flashing green 5, which is located at the entrance to Little Narragansett Bay between Sandy and Edwards points.
The southeast journey across Little Narragansett Bay to the mouth of the Pawcatuck River is about two miles, and the channel follows a long line of lighted and unlighted buoys with depths of at least seven feet. From Sandy Point and flashing green buoy 5, you will follow green can 7, green can 9, red nun 10, green can 11, flashing green 13, red nun 14, red nun 16, green can 17, red nun 18A, flashing green 19, red nun 18, red nun 20 and red nun 22 to flashing green buoy 23 at the mouth of the Pawcatuck River.
Green can 1 marks the beginning of the passage up the Pawcatuck. Depths in the river vary from eight to 11 feet, and generally, the buoys do carry you through the deepest water. Currents here can be strong and warrant a steady hand on the helm. Marinas are scattered along the length of the river up to Pawcatuck and Westerly. From green can 1, pick up green can 3 and red nun 4. Red nun 4 is located at Graves Neck near Colonel Willie Cove, where there are moorings and marine facilities.
Past Colonel Willie Cove, you will follow red nun 6, green can 7 and red nun 8 past a series of marinas in Avondale. There is one marina on the north shore, and one on the south at green can 7 and red nun 8, respectively. Past the marinas, follow the series of nun buoys up to Pawcatuck Rock, where the river narrows and you will come upon another set of marinas at Thompson Cove.
The rest of the way up to Pawcatuck is uneventful, but keep in mind that straying out of the channel is quite unforgiving here. Outside the marked areas, the river shallows quickly to one-foot depths. There are four marinas on the waterfront in Westerly and its sister town of Pawcatuck in CT, across the river, but only one advertises slips for transients. Best to call ahead before your arrival to secure slip space.