Visit Us

National wildlife refuges offer us all a chance to unplug from the stress of daily life and reconnect with our natural surroundings.

Points of Interest

The kayak launch area at Sprague Bridge off of Boston Neck Road/Rt. 1A in Narragansett (along with a few other shoreline access points) is open to the public every day from sunrise until sunset. There are no other developed visitor use areas on the refuge. The kayak launch area is not accessible by wheelchair or stroller.

Other Facilities in the Complex

Rules and Policies

The refuge is opened year-round, from dawn until dusk daily.  Currently there are no managed trails on the refuge, but as stated there is a kayak ramp and nearby bench for viewing/photography.  Fishing is allowed on the shorelines, and hunting opportunities are offered following state and federal regulations, please see the activity page.

Contact Info

Refuge Headquarters
50 Bend Road
Charlestown, RI 02813
(401)364-9124 - voice
(401)364-0170 - fax 

Know Before You Go

Pets are not allowed on the refuge, unless used for hunting to retrieve waterfowl.

To assist in preparing for a pleasant experience while visiting, we would like to share the following Helpful Health Hints:

  • Dress for the weather.
  • Insect repellent is recommended. We do have deer ticks but you will rarely be exposed to their habitat on the trail.
  • Poison Ivy is common on the refuge. All parts of the plant can cause a rash during any season.
  • Bring water and drink plenty of it while engaging in activities on the refuge.
  • Be sure to use sun protection and to not over-exert yourself.


John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge
C/O Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex50 Bend RoadCharlestown,RI02813
John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge is open from sunrise to sunset.