John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge at Pettaquamscutt Cove
Northeast Region
 

Visitor Opportunities

Hours of Operation:

The kayak launch area at Sprague Bridge off of Boston Neck Road/Rt. 1A in Narragansett (along with a few other shoreline access points) is open to the public every day from sunrise until sunset. There are no other developed visitor use areas on the refuge. The kayak launch area is not accessible by wheelchair or stroller.

The Trustom Pond Contact Station, in nearby South Kingstown, is the closest U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service facility with more information on the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge at Pettaquamscutt Cove. The Trustom Pond Contact Station would also make an excellent "next stop" on your tour and exploration of the wildlife refuges of Rhode Island. For directions to the Trustom Pond Contact Station, click on the following link and go to Driving Directions under Quick Links: Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge. The contact station is open every day during hours when there are volunteers available to staff the station. Generally the hours are 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM every day. Sometimes our volunteers will be out on the trails assisting other visitors, and the contact station may be temporarilty closed while they are away. The trails are always open during daylight hours, regardless of whether the contact station is open or not.

Kettle Pond Visitor Center is another great place to become familiar with (or to review) the habitats and wildlife you'll see at John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge at Pettaquamscutt Cove. It's located further south on Rt. 1 than the Trustom Pond Contact Station (in Charlestown, RI), and is open everday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Please call ahead for very infrequent and unexpected closures of the visitor center or refuges, and the current weather conditions (401-364-9124). Click on the following link for more information and directions: Kettle Pond Visitor Center.

Environmental Education:

The Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island conduct an award-winning environmental education program with participants from many elementary schools in Southern Rhode Island. The program seeks to educate schoolchildren, through classroom curricula combined with field-based tours and study, about the importance of barrier beaches and the natural environment. To view the Barrier Beach Curriculum, please visit the following site: http://www.friendsnwr-ri.org/beach_curriculum/index_beach.html. In addition, there are year-round walks and talks conducted by both volunteers and staff who are eager to share their enjoyment of nature with you. Those public programs and many more are listed on our home page under Latest News and Happenings.

Environmental Education - EarthCache

An EarthCache involves using a GPS unit to go to a certain location. Before going to the location the user needs to research the EarthCache and perform the educational lesson at the site. Visitors to the refuge EarthCaches will discover unique land features, geological processes, and a treasured landscape.

Approximately 20,000 years ago the last ice age ended. The geography and landscape of Rhode Island and New England is a direct outcome of glacial retreat. Go to the EarthCache page for more information and a quiz.

Hunting and Fishing:

Fishing is allowed, but there are very few shoreline access points, and no trails on the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge at Pettaquamscutt Cove. Please call our headquarters in advance of your trip for more information on fishing access: (401)364-9124.

Interpretation:

There are year-round walks and talks conducted by both volunteers and staff who are eager to share their enjoyment of nature with you. Those public programs and many more are listed on our home page under Latest News and Happenings.

Wildlife Observation and Photography:

Many visitors to the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge at Pettaquamscutt Cove are able to view the periphery of the refuge as they canoe the Narrow River. Although there is no refuge trail system, visitors can gain a vantage point of the refuge from the Middle Bridge pull-out and Sprague Bridge on Route 1A. Designated fishing access points also provide visitors an opportunity for shoreline viewing and photographing of wildlife. Parking at Sprague Bridge is available near the kayak launch. Several photographs taken by local photographers are displayed at the contact station at Trustom Pond NWR, and the visitor centers at Kettle Pond and Sachuest Point. Finally, the Friends group holds an annual photography contest in the Fall, click on their web site to check on the announcements for the contest: Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island.

Please click on the Birding Resources and Wildlife and Plant Lists in the Quick Links menu above for more information about what you will see on the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge at Pettaquamscutt Cove.


Last updated: October 18, 2013