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Misquamicut State Beach

James J. Federico Jr. Pavilion at Misquamicut State Beach
Misquamicut State Beach
Rhode Island State Park
Country  United States
State  Rhode Island
County Washington
Town Westerly
Elevation 7 ft (2 m) [1]
Coordinates  [1]
Established 1959
Management Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Parks & Recreation
Location in Rhode Island
Website: Misquamicut State Beach

Misquamicut State Beach is a Rhode Island state park in the town of Westerly.[2] 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.[3]


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.[3] The lot now holds up to 2700 cars.[4]

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.[2] Two annual music festivals, Springfest and Fallfest, are held each May and September under the auspices of the Misquamicut Business Association.[5]


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External links

  • Misquamicut State Beach Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Parks & Recreation
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