Around the Refuge

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

Sandy Point Island Brochure

Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges of Rhode Island announce their Summer 2019 Wildlife Wednesday Lecture Series

Friends Logo

Wildlife Wednesdays presentations will take place every Wednesday (except July 3) from June 19 through August 28, at 7:00 PM, at the Kettle Pond Visitor Center, 50 Bend Road, Charlestown, Rhode Island. Free and open to all ages. See full schedule at link below.

Wildlife Wednesdays 2019

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

Get Involved

Volunteers on the refuge - USFWS.

Volunteers are an important part of the work that happens at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Assignments include greeting visitors, leading tours, invasive species management and many others. Check out our Get Involved page to learn more.

Get Involved
What's Happening

Upcoming Events

There are events year-round at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Check out our program calendar to find one near you!

RI Complex Program Calendar

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