Weekapaug, Rhode Island 02891

Weekapaug Beach webpage

About this Location

A primitive gateway to a beautiful stretch of barrier beach is at Westerly’s Weekapaug Fire District Beach, west of Quonochontaug. Residents own the beach and private docks at the end of Spring Avenue, but public access to the sand trail by vehicle is permitted from Labor Day to Memorial Day (with four-wheel drive along this narrow lane of soft sand). Considered a private conservation area, there are no public facilities along these dunes. The area offers clear views of Long Island and Block Island. Limited public parking is available at Weekapaug Breachway.

About Weekapaug
“Weekapaug” is a Narragansett word meaning “at the end of the pond”. The area is not as well known as neighboring Watch Hill even though it has had summer cottages since 1877. It was known as “Noyes Beach” from 1701 to 1899, named after Reverend James Noyes who purchased 300 acres (1.2 km2).

The Winnapaug and Quonochontaug salt ponds dominate the area. Each pond is open to the Atlantic Ocean via a breachway lined with rock jetties. Most of the rock is granite which is readily available in the Westerly area and used to be its primary industry.

Content from Weekapaug Beach webpage and Wikipedia