Plan Your Visit
Hours of Operation:
The trails of the refuge are open to the public every day from sunrise until sunset. All restrooms, visitor centers and most of the viewing platforms and trails are wheelchair and stroller accessible. Here at Trustom Pond NWR, the platforms at Otter Point and Farm Pond are barrier free, but the platform at Osprey Point has a short set of stairs. However, please call ahead for any weather-related and maintenance-related accessibility issues.
Trustom Pond Contact Station is also open every day and 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 to assist our 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 a great place to become familiar with (or to review) the habitats and wildlife you'll see at Trustom Pond NWR. It's located in nearby 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).
Pets are not allowed on the refuges, except at Kettle Pond Visitor Center. Pets, most notably dogs, present a threat to many animals including birds, even leashed and well-behaved dogs look like predators to other animals. The presence of dogs may alter a bird's feeding or breeding activity. This disruption may drive the birds away, which is not allowed in our enabling legislation and approved plans. We do allow leaashed dogs on the trail at Kettle Pond Visitor Center because we are not managing for ground-nesting birds in that small area of Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge. However, that is the only place on all five refuges in Rhode Island where we allow pets on the trails.
Helpful Health Hints
Too often visitors take home unpleasant memories of their refuge experience because they have not been dressed appropriately or sufficiently protected against insects. For that reason, as well as for health concerns, we stress the importance of sharing the following “Helpful Health Hints”:
Group VisitsWe have a classroom that can be used by groups for meetings during and after hours. Birthday parties and scout meetings are also popular activities at the visitor center. Please fill out the reservation form found by clicking here: Kettle Pond Visitor Center Reservation Form.
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