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East Matunuck State Beach
East Matunuck Beach - Western Side.jpg
View of East Matunuck beach from the rocky stretch along the beach's western shore.
Location South Kingstown, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
Area 144 acres (58 ha)
Elevation 3 ft (0.91 m)
Established 1956
Governing body Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Parks & Recreation
Website East Matunuck State Beach

East Matunuck State Beach is a public recreation area encompassing 144 acres (58 ha) on the shore of Block Island Sound in the town of South Kingstown, Rhode Island. The state beach offers picnicking, ocean swimming, and beach activities.


The state began securing the area through condemnation proceedings beginning in 1956. An additional 36-acre (15 ha) parcel was purchased in 1967. A beach pavilion featuring concessions, bathrooms, changing stalls, and a lifeguard tower was built at a cost of $4.5 million and opened in May 2012.

In the 2020 summer season, all RI state beaches are open 9AM to 6PM

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