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Burlingame State Park, RI

Photo: Burlingame State Park
Status: Open through Mon Oct 13 2014   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Sat Apr 18 2015   Later Dates


Burlingame Campground is situated next to Watchaug Pond in Charlestown. This spacious campground features 700 rustic campsites, as well as 20 cabins .

The campground features conveniently located restrooms with shower facilities, a playground, arcade, freshwater beach, boat ramp, canoe rentals and hiking trails. The Campstore carries a wide variety necessities, along with a large selection of souvenirs.

The Audubon Society operates the nearby Kimball Wildlife Sanctuary, a 29 acre property located on the southern shore of Watchaug Pond. The Sanctuary abuts Burlingame State Park and trails lead from the campground to the sanctuary. Throughout the year, educational and fun programs are held for birders, families, and anyone who wants to learn more about the natural world.

Pet Policy -The Department of Environmental Management is pleased to allow you the privilege of bringing your pet (limited to cats and dogs only) to overnight campgrounds in RI state parks.

Requirements for Pets and Pet Owners -No more than 2 pets per campsite. The owner of all pets is responsible for proper disposal of all animal waste. All dogs must be wearing a collar with valid license tag. All cats must be readily identifiable (e.g. tags, tattoos or an ear notch). Owners may be required to show a current rabies vaccination certificate. All pets must be under control at all times on a leash of not more than six feet [6'] in length. The release of any pet within any state park, management area, or beach is strictly prohibited. Pets are prohibited from all state bathing beaches. Owners shall make every attempt to keep their pets quiet at all times, especially between 10pm and 7am. Washing of pets is prohibited in any natural waterbody. Pets are prohibited from the Burlingame picnic area from Apr 1 through Sep 30. All escapes, bites to humans/other animals, and contact with wildlife must be reported to appropriate park staff.

In addition to the requirements of this policy governing pets in Burlingame State Park, all other applicable sections of DEMs Park and Management Area Rules and Regulations shall continue to be enforced.

Violation of any of the above requirements or any provision of DEMs Park and Management Area Rules and Regulations may result in eviction from the park/mgmt area and penalties not to exceed $100 for each violation. Violations of RI rabies laws and regulations are considered misdemeanor offenses in accordance with RIGL S4-13-32, and can result in seizure and impoundment of the pet.

Pet Certification Form Link - http://www.riparks.com/pdfs/Pet%20Certification%20Form.pdf

"Take nothing but photographs, leave nothing but footprints."

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • Bicycle Riding
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Cabins
  • Canoe Rental
  • Canoeing
  • Comfort Station
  • Convenience Store
  • Dump Station
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hiking Trail
  • Lake
  • Nature Center
  • Nature Program
  • Nature Study
  • Parking
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • Showers
  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming
  • Swimming - Lake
  • Telephone
  • Toilet, Flush
  • Trails, Moderate Hiking
  • Walking
  • Water Drinking
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Fishing - Ocean
  • Ocean/Beach Access
  • Swimming - Ocean
Within 10 Miles
  • Sightseeing
Alerts and Important Information
NO Person shall possess, drink, sell or offer for sale any alcoholic beverages in RI State Operated Campgrounds The possession or use of all classes of fireworks are prohibited in RI State Operated Campgrounds

The primary occupant MUST be the person to check in and register for the site. The primary occupant of the campsite must be 18 years of age or older and present Driver's License, Passport or Military ID upon check-in. All campers must check in upon arrival and surrender their permit at the end of the camping period.

The person to whom the camping permit is granted shall present personal and vehicle(s) ID, be the occupant of the site and be responsible for compliance of the rules and regulations of the Department of Environmental Management. Full names of campers must be listed on the permit, and only those listed may use the site.

No other parking is permitted/provided other than what is permitted on the site.

Only one family (immediate family) is allowed per campsite. Non-family groups shall be limited to six persons per campsite.

The 20 cabins available at Burlingame State Park are rustic cabins with no utilities; water, electric, sewer offered. The cabins have two bunk beds available in each. The bunk beds have springs/board for the base. Mattresses and bedding are not provided. Air mattresses are strongly recommended.

Getting There:

The entrance to the park headquarters and camping area is off Route 1 in Charlestown.

From Connecticut Points North - Route 95 North to exit 92 (in CT), at end of exit ramp take right onto CT Route 2. Proceed 1.5 miles and take right onto Route 78. Follow Route 78 until end; take left at light onto Route 1. Proceed 7.5 miles, follow signs into campground.

From Rhode Island Points North- Route 95 South to exit 9 (Route 4), Route 4 South becomes Route 1 South. Continue approximately 26 miles, take second Burlingame State Park exit.

From Points East - Proceed west over the Newport/Jamestown bridges, take Route 138 West to Route 1 South. Continue approximately 18 miles, take second Burlingame State Park exit.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

Burlingame State Park
1 Burlingame Road
Charlestown RI 02813

Phone Number:

Information: (401)322-7337