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Misquamicut State Beach, Misquamicut

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Misquamicut State Beach is a Rhode Island state park in the town of Westerly. 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.HistoryThe 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. The lot now holds up to 2700 cars.Activities and amenitiesThe 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. Two annual music festivals, Springfest and Fallfest, are held each May and September under the auspices of the Misquamicut Business Association.
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  • Visited with some friends from work. Must have been the time of year but parking was a nightmare. The beach was completely packed as far as you could see in both directions. There is an actual beach p...  more »
  • passes for Sr's is one of the best deals around for the summer beach group. If you live in RI it can cost you as low as $15.00 for a summer beach parking pass for the entire season. This is a great be...  more »
  • Family of 3 traveled to Mystic Aquarium from NY. Once there, we decided to head to the beach. This is by far our favorite beach to attend now! We love it. Next time we will try to stay closer to the b...  more »