Shuttles & Parking

NEWPORT NAVY BASE PARKING  -- NO PARKING ON NAVY BASE

There will be no on-base parking for swimmers or kayakers for the 41st Annual Swim on Saturday, July 29. Swimmers and kayakers will park at the Newport Grande Slots parking lot just 3 miles from the Base. Newport Grand Casino address:  150 Admiral Kalbfus Road, Newport.  Phone: 401.849.5000.

YOU will no longer receive a BLUE NAVY pass.

NEWPORT PARKING CHANGES  -- NO PARKING ON NAVY BASE. 

SECURITY-- Navy force protection rules stipulate swimmers and spectators ARE REQUUIRED to take shuttles onto the Base. Security will not let anyone on Base who is not on a shuttle or does not have a kayak on their car (for kayak drop off). SWIMMER, KAYAKER, SPECTATOR and VOLUNTEER names will be on a Navy Master List at Newport Grande Slots. You MUST have a LICENSE with you for identification.  SPECTATORS will be allowed on the shuttles with ID if their name is on the security list with their swimmer. 

SPECTATOR PASS FOR NEWPORT:
SWIMMERS MUST submit the name of your spectator no later than July 23 to allow them on the Navy Base.

SWIM DAY
SWIMMERS, SPECTATORS, VOLUNTEERS
1.Go to Newport Grande, 150 Admiral Kalbfus Road, Newport.

2.Follow the signs/flaggers to park your car in the lots at Newport Grande parking lot on the southeast side of the lots.
3.Bring your LICENSE to the table with Navy Security near the Shuttles.
4.The Navy staff will check your id against the master  list of ALL SWIMMERS, KAYAKERS, VOLUNTEERS, and SPECTATORS.
5.The Navy staff will stamp/mark you hand to confirm your ID.
6.Return to your car to drop off your ID and gather any belongings.
7.Enter the shuttle to travel to the Navy Base. 
8.Swimmers and kayakers must check in together so please allow plenty of time to drop off, shuttle back and check in with your kayaker.  

KAYAKERS
1.Report to the Newport Officers' Club, 95 Perry Rd, Newport, RI 02841 to drop off their kayak.
2.Pull up to the Kayak Unloading Area and let staff pull the kayak onto the beach. Kayakers DO NOT NEED TO GET OUT OF THEIR CARS.
3.Return to Newport Grande Slots. 
4.Follow the signs/flaggers to park your car in the lots at Newport Grande parking lot on the southeast side of the lots.
5.Bring your LICENSE to the table with Navy Security.
6.The Navy staff will check your id against the list of ALL SWIMMERS, KAYAKERS, SPECTATORS.
7.The Navy staff will stamp/mark you hand to confirm your ID.
8.Return to your car to drop off your ID and gather any belongings.
9.Enter the shuttle to travel to the Navy Base. 
10.Swimmers and kayakers must check in together so please allow plenty of time to drop off, shuttle back and check in with your swimmer.  

SWIMMERS, KAYAKERS, SPECTATORS TRAVELING TOGETHER. 
There will be no walk ups or drops off to the Base. If you are a kayaker driving your swimmer and spectator, you will all be on a list at the Navy Security.You will ONLY be allowed on BASE if you have a kayak on your car. If you are a swimmer/spectator as a passenger in the car with KAYAK.
1.Drive through Security and show IDs for ALL approved passengers. 
2.Report to the Newport Officers' Club, 95 Perry Rd, Newport, RI 02841 to drop off their kayak.
3.Pull up to the Kayak Unloading Area and let staff pull the kayak onto the beach. Kayakers DO NOT NEED TO GET OUT OF THEIR CARS.
4.Return to Newport Grande Slots. 
5.Follow the signs/flaggers to park your car in the lots at Newport Grande parking lot on the southeast side of the lots.
6.Bring your LICENSE to the table with Navy Security.
7.The Navy staff will check your id against the list of ALL SWIMMERS, KAYAKERS, SPECTATORS.
8.The Navy staff will stamp/mark you hand to confirm your ID.
9.Return to your car to drop off your ID and gather any belongings.
10.Enter the shuttle to travel to the Navy Base. 
11.Swimmers and kayakers must check in together so please allow plenty of time to drop off, shuttle back and check in with your swimmer.  

SPECTATOR OPTIONS:
Once swimmers have entered the water, the shuttles will return spectators to the Newport Grande and will ALSO take any spectators or volunteers to the  finish in Jamestown. ALL SPECTATOR NAMES MUST BE SUBMITTED to Save The Bay or they will not be permitted to enter the shuttle to the base. Please submit names to Leanne Danielsen at: ldanielsen@savebay.org.

Spectators can depart the shuttle at NEWPORT GRANDE and take their own vehicle to Jamestown OR  take the shuttle to Jamestown and return to Newport Grande on the shuttle back from Jamestown after the event to get their car. There will be limited parking on the Jamestown side at the Conanicut Boat Yard, 20 Narragansett Avenue, Jamestown, RI 02835, just past the Turnpike and Bridge Authority on the left.

CHARGE FOR JAMESTOWN PARKING: DUE TO NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL PARKING, ALL CARS MUST BE OUT OF THE CONANICUT BOAT YARD NO LATER THAN 9AM or will be charged.

JAMESTOWN SHUTTLES: There will be shuttles from Jamestown back to Newport Grande Slots. NO KAYAKS allowed. The last shuttle will be at 9:30 AM. 

Prohibited items:

  • Pets
  • Glass bottles
  • Firearms
  • Any forms of defensive sprays or chemicals
  • Any illegal drugs or paraphernalia
  • Drones
  • Any weapons of any kind  

Jamestown Parking Restrictions

There will be NO PARKING on East Shore Road or Freebody Drive as in previous years off Potter Cove at the finish. The road will be used ONLY for kayaker loading after the Swim. This parking restriction will be strictly enforced by Jamestown Police. There will be limited parking available for spectators and for swimmer pick up at specific lots near the Swim finish but not on site. Parking is limited and carpooling is recommended.

PARKING IN JAMESTOWN: There will be NO PARKING on East Shore Road or Freebody Drive as in previous years off Potter Cove at the finish. The road will be used ONLY for kayaker loading after the Swim. This parking restriction will be strictly enforced by Jamestown Police.  

PARKING OPTIONS

  • Take the exit toward Jamestown (Toll road 371 ft)
  • Merge onto East Shore Rd 
  • The Conanicut Boatyard: Turn left onto Conanicus Ave to the Boat Yard, Taylor Point, Jamestown.  Follow the volunteer flaggers and parking signs for guidance.

Directions and Parking
There will be NO PARKING on East Shore Road or Freebody Drive as in previous years off Potter Cove at the finish. The road will be used ONLY for kayaker loading after the Swim.