Shutdown Notice
Due to the lapse in federal appropriations, this website will not be updated until further notice. Where public access to refuge lands does not require the presence of a federal employee or contractor, activities on refuge lands will be allowed to continue on the same terms as before the appropriations lapse. Any entry onto Refuge System property during this period of federal government shutdown is at the visitor's sole risk. Please read this important updated message about the closure of National Wildlife Refuge System facilities during the shutdown, and refer to alerts posted on individual refuge websites for the status of visitor facilities and previously scheduled events that may still occur during the shutdown.

For more information, please visit the Department of Interior webpage at https://www.doi.gov/shutdown

Features

Kettle Pond Closure

The Kettle Pond Visitor Center will be closed throughout the winter beginning December 1, 2018.

Kettle Pond Visitor Center Winter Closure

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 December 1 through 16

November 20, 2018 Youth Deer hunter

The refuge is hosting a special deer hunting opportunity to youth hunters from Saturday, December 1 through Sunday, December 16. The refuge will be closed to the public, including the parking lots, nature trails, and the kayak launch. The trails at Kettle Pond visitor center will remain open to the public.

Click here for the full Press Release

2018-2019 Refuge deer hunting information

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White-tail deer hunting is allowed by refuge permit only. Limited permits still available. 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.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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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