Visitor Activities

  • Fishing

    Fisherman - Jack Kelly/USFWS.

    Sachuest Point is renowned for its fishing opportunities, from the avid saltwater fly fisher to families enjoying an afternoon together. Near the end of summer we co-host the popular Take Me Fishing Day for families along with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management's Aquatic Resource Education Program. This event has simulated fishing games for toddlers and real fishing instruction and fishing from the shore for older children and families.

    We allow saltwater fishing on the refuge in accordance with State regulations and subject to the following conditions:
    1. Anglers may saltwater fish in the Sakonnet River and Sachuest Bay from the refuge shoreline;
    2. Anglers may saltwater fish at Sachuest Beach from September 16 to March 31;
    3. Anglers may night-fish after legal sunset with a refuge permit.

    Night fishing permits are available on-line at, at the visitor center, or by mail. Spearfishing has also become a popular use of the shoreline access points on our refuge. Some of the fish caught from the shoreline of Sachuest Point NWR are striped bass, bluefish, tautog and scup.

  • Wildlife Viewing

    Bufflehead - USFWS.

    With 3 miles of trails, kiosks, interpretive panels, and viewing platforms await the refuge visitor. Special events, such as the annual take me fishing day, photography workshops, and a host of guided tours and walks are available. If you forgot to bring your binoculars, don't worry, we have you covered with free loaner pairs and ID books in an easy to carry backpack.

    Sachuest Point NWR trail map (pdf)

  • Interpretation

    Exhibits at the visitor center - USFWS.

    Over 3 miles of trails, kiosks, interpretive panels, and viewing platforms await the refuge visitor. Refuge volunteers frequently provide guided tours throughout the year. The interpretive area at Sachuest Point Visitor Center was renovated in 2012, with many new and exciting exhibits.

    Rhode Island Complex Program Calendar (pdf)

  • Environmental Education

    Children at the visitor center - USFWS.

    We have a modern visitor center with a small interpretive area and classroom, plus nearly 3 miles of easy trails to make Sachuest Point a perfect spot for field trips for schools, as well as for the general public. A very popular summer program for children and their parents includes topics like Seining, Sea Turtles, Collage Hike, Tracking Migratory Birds, and Rocky Shores. In addition, there are year-round walks and talks conducted by both volunteers and staff who are eager to share their enjoyment of nature with you. Those public programs and many more are listed on our home page under Latest News and Happenings.

    Our classroom can be used by groups for meetings during and after hours. Birthday/Conservation parties and scout meetings are also popular activities at the visitor center. Please call for more information.

  • Photography

    Red fox - J and K Hollingsworth.

    In addition to photography workshops, we have a brand new photography blind. For more information, please contact us via phone 401-619-2680 or visit us at the Sachuest Point Visitor Center.