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Roger W. Wheeler State Beach
Location Narragansett, Washington, Rhode Island, United States
Area 27 acres (11 ha)
Elevation 13 ft (4.0 m)
Established 1929
Governing body Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management Division of Parks & Recreation
Website Roger W. Wheeler State Beach

Roger W. Wheeler State Beach (formerly and still sometimes referred to as Sand Hill Cove) is a public recreation area covering 27 acres (11 ha) on Block Island Sound in the town of Narragansett, Rhode Island. The area offers picnicking, ocean swimming, and a playground.


The beach became state property when it was seized from Tory sympathizers during the American Revolutionary War. Known as Sand Hill Cove, it became Rhode Island's first state beach when 27 acres were transferred to Metropolitan Park Commission in 1929. In 1970, the beach was renamed in honor of Captain Roger W. Wheeler (1907-1969), the founder of the Rhode Island State Life-Saving System.

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

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