4540 South County Trail, Charlestown RI 02813

Welcome to the Harbor Department


Harbor Master - Justin Vail


Feel free to explore the site for useful information to help make your season a safe and enjoyable one.


If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact this office at (401) 641-3083, or via email at

Harbormaster monitors VHF Channel 16

 Boat Registrations: (401) 222-6647

Report oil spills to Safety Office   (MSO Providence 401-435-2300)


Information and Notices


Town of Charlestown Harbor Management Plan Public Hearing
Scheduled for the September 11th, 2017 Regular Town Council Meeting

Charlestown Harbor Management Plan Final Draft 




Local Mooring Regulations and Waterway/Boating Laws

Local Mooring Regulations
Local Waterway and Boating Laws



Online Mooring, Mooring Permit Management Software

The Harbor Department will now be using Online mooring, a web based mooring permit software, to manage town issued mooring permits.

For detailed instructions how to renew your existing mooring permits, click the here.

If you wish to obtain a new Mooring Permit, please contact the Harbor Master. Public moorings are issued by waiting list only.

Mooring Permit Waiting Lists

Mooring Permit Waiting List is available to view online.

The Mooring Permit Wait List can be found under the "News and Information" side navigation bar

Effective 7/8/2013
A one-time, non-refundable $25 fee applies to all new waiting list applications.


Mooring Service and Inspections

For a list of town approved Mooring Service Providers for Mooring Tackle Purchase and Inspections, please click the link below

Mooring Service Providers



Chapter 96 Rules and Regulations

Current Mooring Rules and Regulations can be viewed under
"News and Information"



Help keep Zebra mussels out of Charlestown Waters.



Jet Ski Defined: A vessel which uses an inboard motor powering a water jet pump as its primary source of motive power and which is designed to be operated by a person sitting, standing or kneeling on the vessel, rather than the conventional method of sitting or standing inside the vessel.