A empty lifeguard chair sits facing the water at East Matunuck State Beach

Photo: East Matunuck State Beach, South Kingstown. A. Grandchamp
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RI Beach Season is here! We're excited to welcome you back to our world-class state beaches. This Independence Day and all summer long, let’s protect our natural heritage by helping keep Rhody litter free. Get ahead of the rush and get your season parking pass BEFORE you head to the beach. It can take time for your pass to be approved, so start the process now at https://beachparkingri.com


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A group of hikers dressed for cold weather stand on a rock overlooking Olney Pond at Lincoln Woods State Park

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A large group playing volleyball while others relax in the shade near Olney Pond beach pavilion at Lincoln Woods State Park

Hosting an event at a State Park? Schools, municipalities, companies, and other large groups planning trips to RI State Beaches must apply for a Special Use Permit at least 30 days in advance.

A crushed plastic cup lies in the sand next to a discarded cigar with a lifeguard chair and waves in the background atMisquamicut State Beach in Westerly

Carry in, Carry out Keeping our natural places clean is up to all of us! Show your love for RI's network of parks, campgrounds, and beaches by doing your part to keep them clean. 

A lifeguard watches lifeguard qualification candidates standing in the surf while wearing a t-shirt that says "Scarborough Surf Rescue"

Do you have what it takes? Learn about lifeguard training opportunities, certification requirements, and testing dates.

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People lounging on beach blankets and chairs as lifeguards watch the water; A typical summer day at Salty Brine State Beach in Narragansett

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 Now is the perfect time to buy your 2024 state beach season parking pass.


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The DEM Division of Parks manages over 8,200 acres of land, including parks, beaches, campgrounds, bike paths, historic sites, picnic areas, trails, athletic fields, dams, fishing access, and boat ramps.