Wyndham Bay Voyage Inn
150 Conanicus Ave., (formerly The Bay Voyage), Jamestown, Rhode Island, 02835, United States
More about Jamestown
Entrance marked with stone
Me and the mill stone
a good day for young would-be farmers
Jamestown windmill,an old mill stone & Pell bridge
Travel Tips for Jamestown
Fort Wetherill is a great dive...
Fort Wetherill is a great dive for beginners and there is plenty to interest the more advanced diver too. A small peninsula separates two coves. One cove is rocky, the other is gravelly and sandy and also has a boat ramp. You can enter in one cove and swim around to the other cove to exit, following a rocky wall. Off the tip of the peninsula is a small island. More advanced divers can swim across a short sandy-mucky flat at about 50-60 feet to circle the island. The far side of the island drops to 80+ feet and is one of the most impressive wall dives in New England.
Be forwarned that the visibility is never that great here. The easy entry and exit makes this a very popular dive site, which means a lot of sand and sediment gets kicked up, making the viz even worse. Arrive either VERY early, say 7:00 am, or late in the afternoon when everything settles back down. Beavertail is another state park with a couple of good dives and a lighthouse to boot. The surf can be much stronger here, so entry and exit can be a little tricky. However, the visibility is usually much better at Beavertail than at Wetherill. Parking lot #2 has the easiest entry, but you have to climb down a goat-path to get into the sheltered inlet. Parking lot #3 is a very pretty dive, but it's not as sheltered. Pass it by when the surf's up.
Ft. Wetherill is probably the most popular dive site in Jamestown. There are two coves to pick from, the left and the right. They both face South and are pretty well protected from most but southerly winds. Best diving is along the walls in the coves - there is plenty of variety in terrain and sea life to keep you coming back for more. The bottom drops off fairly quickly, so you can get some depth out by the points. It is rocky along the walls, but mostly sand in the middle of the coves. Another draw to the site is that it is known to harbor tropical fish that occasionally make their way up into the New England waters.
If you come to dive at Wetherill on a weekend, try to come either really early or later in the day. Due to its sandy bottom and ease of entry this site is often used by OW classes that stir up lots of silt and sand, thus greatly reducing the vis. Also, if the winds are blowing out of the south, expect rougher seas in the coves and visibility that is very likely to be near nil. On a nice day, however, it can be a very reasonable 10-15, if not better.
Entry to the sites is easy. If you park in the main lot between two coves, the right cove has a boat ramp that you can use, and the left a small beach. You can also drive a little past the entry to the main park, and park over by the Coast Guard facility near the remains of the fort. There is a tiny secluded rocky beach at the south-west point, below the remains of the fort, that you can use for entry. If you got an underwater camera - bring it. You never know what you'll see, and as I said above, tropical fish are often seen taking shelter in the coves.
Potter cove is located just North of the Newport bridge, almost under it, with a Northerly exposure. It's one of those sites that gives you an opportunity to get into the water when the nicer South-exposed sites are blown out. On days like that Potter Cove tends to be pretty smooth and glassy, even in strong Southerly winds.
If you're diving Potter Cove, be prepared for a rather long surface walk, rather than swim, especially at low tide. It does not get deep enough to submerge until about 100 yds. out. Beyond that you'll usually hit about 15-20ft. The bottom is sandy, but the sand is coarse and does not get stirred up as easily as say Ft. Wetherill, so visibility can be pretty good. Despite the bottom being mostly sand, there's a variety of sea life - lots of spider and hermit crabs, starfish, and various other fish that you'll see along the bottom. It's also a good place to dive for bottles, there're plenty of them down there, some so encrusted that they're barely discernible. Entry is pretty easy, right off the stony beach, and there's plenty of parking. Overall, it's not as bad a site as some have made it out to be, and you can make it a rather enjoyable dive.
Wonders of the Windmill
the old wind mill is owned by the Jamestown Historical Society and maintained beautifully. You can just pull over at the side of the road and walk into the property where the wind mill is located. From the expansive lawns you get a fabulous view of the Pell Bridge to Newport...along with a friendly hello from the cows on the property next door.
The house next door to the windmill has the advantage of fabulous views to the wind mill as well as the Pell Bridge...and of course... the cows. I'm not sure if this is the groundskeeper for the mill property, but they do a great job at caring for their property. Very creative use of stone and interesting treatment of shingling across the back of their house. They had a neat garden too.
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Wyndham Bay Voyage Inn
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Address: 150 Conanicus Ave., (formerly The Bay Voyage), Jamestown, Rhode Island, 02835, United States