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Celebrating 50 Years of Conservation

Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge will mark its 50th anniversary on August 12, 2020.

Events Schedule

Around the Refuge

Final Hunting and Fishing Plan

The Fish and Wildlife Service has released the final hunting and fishing plan for the national wildlife refuges in Rhode Island.

More Information

Visit Sandy Point Island

American Oystercatcher and young

Sandy Point Island is a great example of balancing wildlife protection and public recreation. Beach passes are required from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Passes are available at Please follow state and CDC guidelines for social distancing.

Sandy Point Island Brochure

New England Cottontails Released at Ninigret NWR

New England Cottontail

On September 17th, 2019, the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex released seven New England Cottontails (NEC) at Ninigret NWR, in coordination the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southern New England Coastal Program, the State Division of Fish and Wildlife, the University of Rhode Island, and many others. “New England cottontails were last documented at Ninigret NWR in 2005, and since then, only eastern cottontails have been detected during annual surveys, so this is a very momentous occasion,” said refuge biologist Nick Ernst. The 350-acre release site is ranked as the most suitable location in the state for NEC, and the dense shrubland will provide optimal food and cover.

News Release - NEC Release at Ninigret NWR

Visitor Activities

Kayakers on the refuge - USFWS.

There are activities for the whole family year-round at Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge including fishing, kayaking, hunting, wildlife viewing and photography. Check out our Visitor Activities page to learn more!

Visitor Activities
What's Happening

Ninigret NWR Turns 50

Join us in celebrating 50 years of conservation at Ninigret NWR. We will offer guided bird walks, native plant garden tours, fly tying and fishing workshops, archery, wildlife talks, photo contest, historical walks, and more.

News Release

About the Complex

Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge is managed as part of the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Read more about the complex
About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS