An informational display tells the history of the Kickamuit River.
|Other name(s)||Kickemuit River|
|Cities||Warren, Rhode Island
The river's name descends from a Narragansett dialect and has numerous spellings.
During the American Revolutionary War, the Kickamuit was a major traffic artery, and supplies traveled up the river daily. By the 1800s, oyster beds were a major revenue source, but by 1910, effluent from the nearby Parker Mills, and general sewage pollution, killed most of the oysters. The Kickamuit River oyster industry was ended with the Hurricane of 1938.
In 2002, the Environmental Protection Agency judged it too polluted for recreation and shell-fishing.
Current day (2011), the Kickamuit River is classified as a Class A, Type II Waterway and open to both recreational activities and shell-fishing due to the tremendous efforts and work by environmental organizations like the Kickemuit River Council, Warren, R.I.
The river's source is in Rehoboth, Massachusetts in the swamps north of Locust Street in Swansea. From here it flows due south to Swansea and into the Warren Reservoir, which drains approximately 2,300 acres (9.3 km2). From Warren Reservoir it flows generally southwest, then southeast to Mount Hope Bay, passing to the east of the center of the town of Warren, Rhode Island and ending northeast of Bristol. The Kickamuit Reservoir dam forms the boundary between fresh and salt water.
Below is a list of crossings over the Kickamuit River. The list starts at the headwaters and goes downstream.
- Swansea, Massachusetts
- Warren, Rhode Island
- Schoolhouse Road
- Child Street (RI 103)
Heath Brook is the Kickamuit River's only named tributary, though it has many unnamed streams that also feed it.
- Maps from the United States Geological Survey
- Environmental Protection Agency
- American Indian Place Names In Rhode Island