The Dumplings Dive

The Dumplings

Directions To The Dumplings, Jamestown, RI

- Make your way to where I-95 leaves Rte 128 and I-93, at least half an hour from Cambridge. I-95 goes down the west side of Narragansett bay and saves the toll on the Newport bridge. From Rte 128, take route I-95 south through Providence. (Pass by Jct I-195) From route 95 take route 4. This will be a major left lane exit from route 95, 12 miles south of the junction of routes 95 and 195 in Providence. Route 4 will get progressively narrower until it becomes an old concrete surface. Follow route 4 until it turns into route 1. Where route 4 turns into route 1 is not well marked, but it is still the same road. Follow route 1 to the exit for 138 East. Take route 138 East across the new Jamestown Bridge. Go another 1/2 mile or so to a set of lights at the bottom of a hill. Note: last year, this was a construction area where they were widening the road. Take a right at the lights (south) and go to an overhead flashing red light at a four-way stop intersection. You will pass Zeke's Creek Bait Shop on your left, a Cumberland Farms (which has no rest rooms) on your right, and a large play ground on your left, in that order, before getting to the light. - Go through the blinking light bearing slightly to the right (really straight, not hard right), and then about another half mile or so, to where the road you are on ends at an intersection. Go left at the (3-way) intersection. Do NOT go over the land bridge. Turn right (south) at the next main intersection. - Turn North on Highland Drive, the left just before the entrance to Fort Wetherill

About the Dive

A good dive at this spot is to head out towards the small islands that you can see across the cove. As you approach the outer rocks, sand and eel grass will give way to more interesting terrain. The rocks here are covered with anemones, and lobster, crab and tautog are quite common. Maximum depth here goes to about 20 feet.

The Dumplings is a good alternative to Fort Wetherill if a strong southerly wind has Wetherill all chopped up. The Dumplings is also a good spot for a night dive, but only if the tides are just right.


Warning: The current can be quite strong at this site when the tide is running out of the bay.

Information courtesy Peter Matthews.

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