Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

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Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

Rhode Island

(401) 364-9124

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Overview

If you are looking for colorful, easy to see birds, then Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is the place to be. The refuge is home to the second largest wintering population of harlequin ducks on the Atlantic coast. The harlequins, named after the clowns they resemble, can be seen along the refuge's rocky shoreline between November and March each year. By scanning the coastline, visitors may also see loons, eiders, and gannets. More than 200 bird species visit the refuge seasonally, and other occasional migrating travelers include the peregrine falcon, northern harrier, as well as snowy and short-eared owls.

Map of Sachuest Point NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 41.485551, -71.250424

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Activities

  • Fishing

    Sachuest Point is renowned for its fishing opportunities, from the avid saltwater flyfisher to families enjoying an afternoon together. Near the end of summer the Refuge co-hosts the popular Take Me Fishing Day for families along with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management's Aquatic Resource Education Program. This event has simulated fishing games for toddlers and real fishing instruction and fishing from the shore for older children and families. Night fishing permits are available at the visitor center. Spearfishing has also become a popular use of the shoreline access points on the refuge. Some of the fish caught from the shoreline of Sachuest Point NWR are striped bass, bluefish, tautog and scup.

  • Hiking

    Over 2 miles of trails, kiosks, interpretive panels, and viewing platforms await the refuge visitor. Refuge volunteers frequently provide guided tours throughout the year.

Seasonality/Weather

The trails are open to the public from sunrise to sunset. However, with a night-fishing permit you will be allowed to be on the refuge after dark for fishing activity only. Refuge law enforcement, in cooperation with Middletown Police Department, patrol the area after hours. The Sachuest Point Visitor Center is open everday except Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The visitor center is closed for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day, although the trails will remain open. Please call ahead for unexpected closures, or current weather conditions.

Directions

Driving

The refuge is located in Middletown, Rhode Island. Take route 1 South to route 138 East, over the Newport Bridge. Take the Newport exit and pass through downtown Newport on route 138A. Once through the downtown, you will pass First (or Newport) beach. Just past First beach, take a right onto Purgatory Road. Take a right onto Sachuest Point Drive and follow to the end, which will bring you directly into the Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge parking lot.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(401) 364-9124

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