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.

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.

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Visitor Activities

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

Visitor Activities

Get Involved

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Volunteers play an integral role at the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Assignments can include greeting visitors at the contact station, leading tours, plover monitoring, invasive species management and trail maintenance. Visit 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

Block Island 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