Block Island NWR Quarter Launch

Block Island Quarter Launch - November 15, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Please park at Park Lane, Ninigret Park, Charlestown, RI.

Around the Refuge

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

Ninigret NWR will be closed November 10 and 11

2015 Veteran Deer Hunt

The refuge is hosting a special deer hunting opportunity for verterans with disabilities on November 10 and 11, 2018. The refuge will be closed at sunset on Friday, Nov. 9 and will re-open to the public at sunrise 0n Monday, Nov. 12.

Read the full news release here

2018-2019 Refuge deer hunting applications available in October

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White-tail deer hunting is allowed by refuge permit only. Applications for the lottery hunts and permits will be available soon. Refuge-specific hunting regulations will be implemented to facilitate a safe and quality hunt that incorporates the safety and concerns of the general public as well as refuge neighbors.

Click here for more information on white-tailed deer hunting at the 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

Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge Approved!

In October 2016, Dan Ashe, Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), and Wendi Weber, Northeast Regional Director of the Service, approved Great Thicket National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)—a new refuge dedicated to managing shrubland habitat for wildlife in the Northeast. The Service can now start working with partners and willing-seller property owners to identify opportunities to acquire priority lands in fee simple or conservation easement within the designated focus areas of Great Thicket NWR.

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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