East Beach

East State Beach, located in Charlestown, Rhode Island takes up three miles of prime beach shoreline. It is the easterly extension of Quonochontaug Neck. East Beach is one of the least developed of the Rhode Island state beaches, with limited parking and a half dozen changing rooms. Nonetheless it is one of Rhode Island’s spectacular seaside treasures.

This barrier beach and 20 site campground location offers four Clivus Multrum Composting Toilets for restrooms along with 3 miles of undeveloped beach frontage. Parking is very limited and fills up early on sunny summer days. A small portion of the beach is staffed with lifeguards on a seasonal basis. Special Camping/Vehicle Equipment requirements are required for camping at this location.

1. Vehicles driving on East Beach, as well as camping vehicles, require a Barrier Beach Pass.
2. All camping units MUST BE self contained AND equipped with 4 wheel drive. A self-contained unit is defined as "A camping unit which contains permanent holding tanks for potable water, grey water and black water. Bathroom equipment must be permanently affixed to the unit."
3. Tow trailers and Fifth Wheels are not allowed.
4. A beach parking fee will charged for any vehicle using the East Beach Sand Trail during the summer season unless registered for a campsite on East Beach.

Location Information:

(Ninigret Conservation Area) Off East Beach Road
Charlestown, Rhode Island 02813

Mailing Address:

Burlingame State Park
1 Burlingame State Park
Charlestown, Rhode Island 02813

Contact Information:

Kyle Cahoon
Regional Manager
(401) 322-8910 (o)
(401) 322-3083 (f)

Activities at this location:

Other Information:

View a history of East Beach

Make a campground reservation at East Beach

License required for non-resident shell fishing.

Lifeguard on duty 9:00 am to 6:00 pm(seasonally)

No alcohol or fires permitted.

No animals allowed

For more information on the registration and use of 4x4 vehicles on a beach, click here

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