Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge

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Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge

Rhode Island

(401) 364-9124

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Overview

Picturesque, peaceful, yet thriving with wildlife. Thats how many of the more than 50,000 annual visitors describe the Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge. Spanning 800 acres on the Southern Coast of Rhode Island, the refuge protects the only undeveloped Salt Pond in the State. From upland forests to a 1.5 mile barrier beach,the varied habitats in Trustom Pond support over 300 bird, 40 mammal,and 20 reptile and amphibian species. A stronghold for the threatened piping plover, the refuge is home to several other rare species including osprey, least terns, and the only population of Fowler's toad in the State.

Map of Trustom Pond NWR

Latitude, Longitude: 41.370883, -71.583481

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Activities

  • Fishing

    It is important to recognize the ecology of fish in Trustom and Card's Ponds has changed dramatically over the years with the reduction in breaching that has occurred. The large populations of smelt, oysters, white perch, and alewife that supported a commercial industry are no longer there. Some white perch, alewife, and flounder will use Trustom Pond if breaching coincides with their runs. Other species in Trustom Pond include Atlantic silver-sides, mummichogs, sheepshead minnows, banded killifish, striped killifish, herring, mullet, and pipefish.

  • Hiking

    There are year-round walks and talks conducted by both volunteers and staff who are eager to share their enjoyment of nature with you.

Seasonality/Weather

Kettle Pond Visitor Center is located in nearby Charlestown, RI and is open every day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, except Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. Please call ahead for very infrequent and unexpected closures of the visitor center or refuges, and the current weather conditions.

Directions

Driving

The Refuge is located in the Town of South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island. From Providence, head South on route 95 and exit onto Route 4 South. Route 4 will merge into Route 1 South. Continue on Route 1 South and take the Moonstone Beach Road exit. Continue for 1 mile, and then turn right onto Matunuck Schoolhouse Road at the four way stop sign. Continue West on Schoolhouse Road for one mile, the refuge entrance will be on your left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(401) 364-9124

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