Potters Cove, Prudence Island, RI (Near Bristol, RI)
Nature Center (401-683-4236)
|National environmental preserve with a
self-guided hiking trail and guided nature walks. The park has a picnic area, swimming,
and boating areas. Accessible through a ferry from Bristol, RI. Open dawn to dusk,
Memorial Day-Labor Day.
NOAA paper charts 13221
(1:40,000), 13223 (1:20,000), 13224 (1:20,000), and 13218 (1:80,000). Use tide tables for
Newport. High tide at the south end of Prudence Island is 8 minutes later; low tide is 4
minutes earlier. Multiply by 1.1 for height at high or low water. Mean tidal range is 3.8
Potters Cove or Coggeshall Cove, in the middle of the
Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Sanctuary. Pick up some information about self-guided
walks or visit with the resident naturalist at the "T-wharf" and nature center
(401-683-4236) on the southeast tip of Prudence. You can only dock to load and unload, but
you can anchor and pull a dinghy up any place along the shore, except where explicitly
prohibited. The shellfishing is open and good everywhere except in Potter Cove.