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My question too. Is this just fishing or everything? I thought this area, at least the upper lot, was part of the state park. And if it is just fishing that's closed...why??

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On 6/16/2024 at 12:30 PM, bdowning said:

My question too. Is this just fishing or everything? I thought this area, at least the upper lot, was part of the state park. And if it is just fishing that's closed...why??

 

On 6/16/2024 at 12:39 PM, fishfinder401 said:

Its too all pedestrains and vehicles on the pier. You could still fish the rocks i think

I guess they are re-doing the pier for safety reasons (might take 2 1/2 years SMDH). From what I was told you can still walk down there to fish but this is all 2nd hand information. This could be all wrong but it's from someone who always fishes there.

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Yes, it's a safety closure. The bulkhead supports are apparently compromised and sinkholes have developed. So they shut down the pier to any pedestrian or vehicle access until they figure out how to fix it. Sounds like any fishing off the pier itself is out indefinitely. You can still park in the upper lot. I'm guessing fishing anywhere other than the pier itself is ok, but that likely shuts out a lot of people. Here's the press release...

 

https://dem.ri.gov/press-releases/dem-announces-historic-bulkhead-fort-wetherill-state-park-closed-public-until

 

DEM Announces Historic Bulkhead at Fort Wetherill State Park Closed to Public Until Further Notice Due to Safety Concerns

Published on Friday, June 14, 2024

 

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announces that the bulkhead behind DEM’s Division of Marine Fisheries at Fort Wetherill State Park in Jamestown will be temporarily closed to public vehicular and pedestrian traffic until further notice starting Friday, June 14. The closure is being enacted to protect public safety at this popular fishing and viewing location of Narragansett Bay due to degraded supports to the bulkhead and potential sink holes caused by historic infrastructure and sustained damage from recent storm events.

"This closure to protect public safety is another example of challenges that Rhode Island’s coastal communities are increasingly contending with due to the impacts of climate change," said DEM Director Terry Gray. "DEM priorities include enhancing outdoor recreational opportunities and ensuring shoreline and fishing access across Rhode Island. However, given the concerns for public safety, we decided to restrict this area until we can better understand our options for quickly and safely restoring access to this great fishing and sightseeing spot.”

Fort Wetherill State Park, situated upon 100-foot-high granite cliffs across the water from Fort Adams State Park, is a former coastal defense battery and training camp with many of the structures seen today dating to and before World War II. Comprised of 61.5 acres, the park was formally acquired by the State of Rhode Island from the United States in 1972. This portion of the property became the location of DEM’s Division of Marine Fisheries close to the early 2000s. Today the bulkhead serves as the berthing location for the Division’s research vessels. Parts of the closure area will remain open for authorized vehicles and personnel to continue DEM’s scientific research activities. Parking at other locations within the park, including the upper lot for the Division will remain open to the public.

For more information on DEM programs and initiatives, visit www.dem.ri.gov. Follow DEM on Facebook, Twitter (@RhodeIslandDEM), or Instagram (@rhodeisland.dem) for timely updates.

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Wow, because of this closure I have never seen the Jamestown town docks this packed with fishermen... Counted at least 25 tonight...

Im worried if this keeps up people with expensive boats will complain and get it shut down to fishermen

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12 hours ago, bdowning said:

Predictable. RI has very few options when it comes to public fishing piers. 

It's a kick in the arse that the State and DEM continue to close popular, successful public fishing areas and access. 

We are their cash cow!  They know it?

Every time a bond issue comes up regarding them, it gets approved by the voters. 

They forget where all the budget funding comes from,  us fisher taxpayers. 

They forget the monies collect  from our fishing licenses goes into their coffer to improve fishing conditions.   

Please meet us half way. 

Nothing flies by me without a hook!
If my fly is down, That's a good thing.

Public Access.....It's a shore thing. My daily requirement of "Vitamin Sea".


Capt. Ray Stachelek

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That’s too bad. State could have really had a nice pier with large capacity with the low section of the old Jamestown Bridge. Everything was approved and funded but North Kingstown residents squashed the idea at the last minute. 

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1 hour ago, Capt.Castafly said:

It's a kick in the arse that the State and DEM continue to close popular, successful public fishing areas and access. 

We are their cash cow!  They know it?

Every time a bond issue comes up regarding them, it gets approved by the voters. 

They forget where all the budget funding comes from,  us fisher taxpayers. 

They forget the monies collect  from our fishing licenses goes into their coffer to improve fishing conditions.   

Please meet us half way. 

Least Pawtucket is getting a soccer stadium.

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