Burlingame State Park

Burlingame State Park

The centerpiece of Burlingame State Park's picnic area is Watchaug Pond, one of the largest freshwater ponds in Rhode Island. Enjoy a family picnic or spend a quiet day reading on the sandy beach. The picnic area features fireplaces, picnic tables, a sandy beach area with swimming area, and large, shelter pavillon. Close by is a boat launch for boating and fishing (with a RI Freshwater Fishing License).

If you're looking to explore around the pond's exterior follow the nearly 8-mile John Vincent Gormley Trail that runs through Burlingame and the Kimball Wildlife Refuge. On leash dogs welcome. Please note that this trail follows the roadway in some areas and also traverses through Burlingame Management Area which allows hunting. Visitors should be aware of hunting seasons and blaze orange clothing requirements. Follow the bright yellow trail markers maintained by the Narragansett chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.

Just a short drive away is the popular Burlingame State Campground.

Picnic tables and bbq pits in a grassy area near Watchaug Pond in Charlestown


  • Swimming
  • Picnicking
  • Sightseeing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Photography


  • Restroom Facilities (May 1 to October 31)
Log cabin pavilion at Burlingame State Park in Charlestown

Reserving Space

Scheduling a school visit? Planning a field trip or gathering?

  • Reservations and rental fees are required to use pavilions, shelters, gazebos, designated fields, and picnic tables from the 2nd Saturday in April to October 31, annually.
  • Outside of these reservation periods, all areas become first come/ first serve with no rental fee required.
  • Regardless of the time of year, you will need to contact the individual Park Office at 401-847-6740 or contact RI State Park Headquarters or by emailing DEM.RIparks@dem.ri.gov if you intend to use the parks for an organized group gathering or event to determine if the activity requires a Special Use Permit.

Burlingame State Park