Good anchorage may be had in the middle and southern parts of outer Wickford Harbor in depths of 14 to 17 feet.
Wickford has several small-craft facilities and boatyards. The largest marine railway, on the east of Wickford Cove, can handle craft up to 60 feet. Berths, electricity, gasoline, diesel fuel, water, ice, marine supplies, pumpout facilities, a launching ramp, mobile hoists to 30 tons, lifts to 70 tons, and hull, engine, and electronic repairs are available; wet and dry storage is also available. A reported depth of about 7 feet can be carried to the marine railway at Wickford Cove.
A dredged channel in the cove extends between flats, many of which are dry at low water to a highway bridge about 0.9 mile above the breakwaters. Numerous piles, used as moorings, border the channel for about 0.35 mile below the highway bridge. The channel has a controlling depth of 5.3 feet.
A marked dredged channel in Mill Cove leads to an anchorage basin about 0.7 mile above the breakwater. The channel has controlling depth of 11.3 feet to the dock off of Cedar Tree Point, thence 6.6 feet to the head of the project except for gradual shoaling to bare in the north half of the channel between Cornelius Island and Point Wharf. The anchorage basin has depths of 4½ to 6 feet.
The northern part of the outer harbor has numerous rocks and ledges with a depth of 6 feet. General Rock, with a depth of 9 feet over it, is the southerly limit of this shoal, 0.9-mile north-northeastward of Fox ‚Ä®Island. A rock with a depth of 8 feet over it is about 500 yards westward of General Rock. Brig Ledge, about 0.5 mile north of General Rock, is covered 9 feet. The southern shore of the outer harbor is foul. Charles Rock, with a depth of 4 feet, is just inside of the northern breakwater and marked by a buoy.
Vessels approaching Wickford Harbor from the southward, after passing through the main span of the Jamestown-North Kingston Bridge, steer 340°. When northeastward of Fox Island, steer for Wickford Harbor Light on any bearing between 313° and 290°, anchoring 0.2 mile or more southeastward of the light in depths of 13 to 15 feet, soft bottom.