Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
During the current public health emergency, whenever possible, outdoor recreation sites at national wildlife refuges will remain open to the public.

For local conditions review the information on this website and call ahead.

If visiting one of our location, please ensure public health and safety by following guidance from the CDC and state and local public health authorities. You can do this by maintaining social distancing, avoiding overcrowding and excercising good hygiene.


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    Celebrating 50 Years of Conservation

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

    Events Schedule

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    Cinder Worm Fly Tying Workshop

    Always wanted to learn the art of fly tying? Check out our upcoming workshop!

    Fly Tying Workshop 2020

Around the Refuge

Seeking Public Comment on Hunting and Fishing Plan

Rhode Island NWR Complex is seeking public review and comment on its proposed hunting and fishing opening, including the Draft Hunting and Fishing Plan, Compatibility Determinations, and Environmental Assessment. We have cancelled the Open House meetings. These documents will now be available for an extended comment period from March 16, 2020 until June 1, 2020. Click the link below to find more information and the documents for review.

More Information

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

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

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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

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