You can reserve picnic sites, shelters, and recreational fields at State Parks beginning January 2nd

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) announced today that it will begin taking reservations for picnic areas, covered shelters, and recreational fields at Rhode Island state parks for the 2020 season beginning on Thursday, January 2.

Reservations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and can be made by phone or in-person at the specific state park.

Advance payment for reservations is required within 10 business days; upon the receipt of payment (cash, check, or money order accepted), a permit for the site will be issued. Reservations not paid within 10 business days will be cancelled. The cost for single picnic sites with one table and one fireplace is $5/day; covered shelters differ from park to park and range from $75/day to $100/day depending on the number of picnic tables and fireplaces included with the shelter. Rental costs for recreational fields vary depending on the size and location of the field.

For reservations, call or visit the following RI state parks:

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Burlingame State Park Picnic Area

Route 1, Charlestown


1 picnic pavilion with 6 tables

Colt State Park

Route 114, Bristol


42 single picnic sites, 3 covered shelters, 1 ceremonial chapel area

Note: the location of some sites at Colt will change in 2020; patrons are advised to check the desired location in person before making a reservation.

Goddard Memorial State Park

1095 Ives Road, Warwick


156 single picnic sites, 4 covered shelters, 11 game fields 

Lincoln Woods State Park

2 Manchester Print Works Road, Lincoln


92 single picnic sites, 3 covered shelters

Pulaski State Park & Recreation Area

151 Pulaski Road, Chepachet

Reserve online at

2 covered shelters

In addition to the areas that can be reserved, there are many sites that are available to park goers on a first-come, first-served basis and do not have to be rented. Please email for questions on these locations or contact the park directly. For more information on individual parks visit