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Description - This information provided by RI state parks

Burlingame park and management area consists of 3100 acres of rocky, forested, hilly terrain with campgrounds and Watchaug Pond south of Buckeye Brook Road in Charlestown. Activities include camping at 755 campsites, fishing, swimming, picnicking, boating and hiking. The area north of Buckeye Brook Road, which abuts the Pawcatuck River, is primarily a hunting area.

Animals at Burlingame include white-tailed deer, eastern cottontail, gray squirrel, eastern chipmunk, muskrat, mink, raccoon, red fox, white-footed mouse, short-tailed shrew, river otter, and short tailed weasel.

There are probably as many as 80 species of birds that nest in Burlingame, and many more species can also be seen there during migration periods and in the winter. For example, Watchaug Pond has been notable in recent years as a place to look for wintering bald eagles.

A representative sampling of species that nest in Burlingame includes Canada Goose, wood duck, broad-winged hawk, great horned owl, downy woodpecker, great nested flycatcher, blue jay, white-breasted nuthatch, house wren, hermit thrush, cedar waxwing, red-eyed vireo, ovenbird, scarlet tanager, rufous-sided towhee, and chipping sparrow.

A representative sample of amphibians and reptiles include wood frog, spring peeper, green frog, redback salamander, spotted salamander, eastern box turtle, northern water snake and eastern garter snake.

Attractions - The 3,100 acres of rocky woodland belonging to this area nearby surround Watchaug Pond in Charlestown. Rather extensive picnic facilities, 73 fireplaces, toilets, drinking water, swimming beach and bathhouse make this one of the most popular state recreation areas.

Recreation - Swimming, Boating, Fishing

Climate - The large bodies of water surrounding Rhode Island make the climate temperate, although high humidity does exist. Summer highs usually average near 70 degrees F, with a few days, usually in July and August, reaching 90 degrees. Nights along the water can be cool, but usually temperatures remain at a comfortable level near 60 degrees. Winter temperatures average near 30 degrees for daytime highs. Snow is often changed to rain as it reaches the coast and doesn't last long if it does fall to the ground. The wind can be bitter during the winter months so be prepared with a wind breaking jacket.

Location - Directions from Providence: Take Interstate Rte. 95 South to Rte. 4 South to Rte. 1 South into Charlestown. Turn at the Burlingame Picnic Area Sign.


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Contact Information:
Burlingame State Park, Burlingame State Park, Sanctuary RD , Charlestown, Rhode Island, 02813, Phone: [401] 322-8910

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Burlingame State Park - Official site of Burlingame State Park

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