Fishermen’s Memorial State Park
Point Judith / Narragansett Rhode Island
Fishermen’s Memorial State Park is a jewel that we are fortunate to have almost in our backyard. It is not easy to get in, and reservations are best made well in advance, but the effort is well worth it. The state campground sits on Route 108 and is minutes from three public beaches Narragansett, Scarborough and Wheeler. Scarborough and Wheeler are state beaches with plenty of parking as well as shower and bathroom facilities. Narragansett is town operated and also has plentiful parking along the sea wall.
Our site #83 Section One
Fishermen’s is several acres of finely crafted and landscaped sites. There are over 150 sites in all. The park is divided into four sections. Section One offers spacious sites with long, paved pads and full hook-ups. There are several trees for shade and other vegetation that offers opportunities for buffered privacy. The main attraction of Section One is its proximity to the channel that sits between the campground and the ocean port of Galilee. An observation deck that sits some sixty feet off the ground affords a spectacular view of the sunset over the channel and the town of Galilee.
The observation deck in Section One
Section Two also has full hook-up sites with paved pads. The sites are well shaded and landscaped with lots of vegetation. Section Four is similar but lacks sewer hook-up at its sites. These sections also have public bathrooms and showers for campers.
Section Three is for tent camping. It is tucked away in a corner of the campground. The sites are spacious and semi-private with asphalt pads for the car or truck and ample fire pits.
The park also contains a modernized playscape for the children and newly surfaced tennis and basketball courts.
The best thing about the location of this beautiful campground is it is literally around the corner from the small fishing port of Galilee. Galilee is host to several seafood restaurants as well as opportunities to buy fresh seafood directly from the several fishing boats docked there. Galilee is also the location for the Block Island Ferry.
Sunset over Galilee from the observation deck in Section One
A day trip to Block Island is well worth the price of transportation to experience old New England island life and history. The island sits twelve miles off the Rhode Island shore. This reasonably small island has several seaside hotels, stores and restaurants and 17,000 homes all of which are powered exclusively by wind power. Block Island boasts the nation’s only off-shore wind farm consisting of five 600 foot wind turbines.
The campground is also three miles from Narragansett. A ride down Ocean Ave. into the center of Narragansett affords spectacular views of the ocean as well as the row of unforgettable ocean-front mansions that line the way.
As mentioned it is not easy to get reservations especially in prime seasons. Making reservations using Reservations America should be done as close to a year in advance as possible.