Block Island National Wildlife Refuge

Quick Facts

Block Island National Wildlife Refuge

Rhode Island

(401) 364-9124

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Overview

Located approximately 12 miles offshore on picturesque Block Island, this small refuge provides important habitat for wildlife, and a place for people to appreciate the natural environment of the island. The refuge was established in 1973 with the transfer of 28 acres from the U.S. Coast Guard, and has grown to it's current size of 127 acres today. Visit the park to take advantage of endless fishing ooportunities!

Map of Block Island NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 41.221340, -71.564969

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    Refuge lands on Block Island are most notable for the large concentration (over 70 species) of migratory songbirds which visit the area each fall. Located in the Atlantic flyway, many young, inexperienced songbirds "overfly" the mainland and stopover on Block Island before continuing their migration. The result is a cornucopia of young migratory songbirds from a variety of different species. Block Island is internationally recognized as one of the most important migratory bird habitats on the east Coast, attracting hundreds of "birders" to the Island each fall. However, great birding and photography opportunities occur almost any time of year because of the rare habitat that exists on the Island.

  • Fishing

    The unique habitats on and around Block Island support some of the best sport-fishing in New England. With over 300 fresh-water ponds, and the surrounding Atlantic Ocean, almost any type of fishing is available depending on the season. Typically the peak season is from early spring until late fall. Many fishermen come to the shoreline of the refuge to enjoy the tranquility and to catch striped-bass and other species.

  • Hunting

    As of September 2012, deer has been added to the refuge's big game hunting program.

Seasonality/Weather

The refuge is opened year-round, from dawn until dusk every day. The Beane Point contact station is open during the summer months when staffing is available. Call the refuge headquarters for further information.

Directions

Driving

In Narragansett, Rhode Island you can catch the Block Island ferry from Point Judith on route 108. Call ahead for reservations, particularly if you are bringing a vehicle. The refuge is located on the North End of Block Island. From the ferry terminal on Block Island, turn right. At the first stop sign turn right onto Corn Neck Road. Continue to its end, and from the parking lot, walk the beaches of the Refuge.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(401) 364-9124

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