Kettle Pond Closure

The Kettle Pond Visitor Center will be closed throughout the winter beginning December 1, 2019.

Kettle Pond Visitor Center Winter Closure

Around the Refuge

Archery Deer Hunting Season in January

Ninigret NWR is conducting an archery hunt for white-tailed deer on the Salt Pond and Kettle Pond units during the month of January. The refuge parking lots and trails will remain open to the public. We recommend that all visitors wear blaze orange hat and vest, and remain on designated trails.

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
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.

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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.

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