Misquamicut State Beach
|Misquamicut State Beach|
|Rhode Island State Park|
|Elevation||7 ft (2 m) |
|Management||Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Parks & Recreation|
|Website: Misquamicut State Beach|
Misquamicut State Beach is a Rhode Island state park in the town of Westerly. It is a part of Misquamicut Beach which is a three-mile length of beach that extends westward from Weekapaug to Watch Hill and separates Winnapaug Pond from the Atlantic Ocean.
The state beach was created in 1959 after a devastating hurricane in 1954 destroyed much of the Misquamicut community. In 1992, the state beach area was nearly forced to close when the forty-year-old septic system broke. The Division of Parks and Recreation was not allowed to build a new septic field so a switch was made to a waterless form of waste management. In 1999, the state built a $1.5 million bathing pavilion (the James J. Federico Jr. State Beach Pavilion) with heated shower stalls and Clivus Multrum composting toilets. The building project was completed in 2000 with a $700,000 expansion and paving of the parking lot. The lot now holds up to 2700 cars.
Activities and amenities
The state beach offers over a half-mile of oceanfront recreation. The beach pavilion includes a gift shop, shade gazebos, lifeguard towers and outdoor cold showers. Two annual music festivals, Springfest and Fallfest, are held each May and September under the auspices of the Misquamicut Business Association.
- "Misquamicut State Beach". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
- "Misquamicut State Beach". State of Rhode Island Division of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
- "Misquamicut State Beach History". State of Rhode Island Division of Parks & Recreation. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
- "Beaches". Greater Westerly-Pawcatuck Area Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
- "Misquamicut Business Association". Misquamicut Business Association. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
- Misquamicut State Beach Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Parks & Recreation