Little Narragansett Bay

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Little Narragansett Bay, Watch Hill, R.I.

Little Narragansett Bay is an inlet of the Atlantic Ocean and an estuary of the Pawcatuck River on the Rhode Island-Connecticut state line. It is sheltered by a curving peninsula, known as Napatree Point.

At the base of Napatree Point is the site of the resort village of Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The bay also contains the islands of Sandy Point, Elihu Island, and Barn Island. Sandy Point was once part of Napatree Point until the two were separated by the Hurricane of 1938. Since that time it has migrated north and west, and changed orientation. It now begins about 1/4 mile east of Stonington Borough, and runs approximately 1 1/2 miles east-southeast.

Environmental issues[edit]

The bay has a large infestation of Cladophora algae, which gives off a sulfurous odor in certain conditions. The algae is also ruinous to native sea plants and therefore to the fish and shellfish such as the native quahog. [1]


The bay is a renowned spot for sea kayaking.[2]

Shellfishing has been banned in various parts of the bay since 1991 due to contamination issues [3] and for the entire bay in 2016 and 2017.[4]


Coordinates: 41°19′12″N 71°51′57″W / 41.32000°N 71.86583°W / 41.32000; -71.86583