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Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge
"Picturesque, peaceful, yet thriving with wildlife." That's 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 state's only undeveloped salt pond. From upland forest...
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Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge
Description: Occupying a peninsula between the Sakonnet River and Rhode Island sound, the 242 acre Sachuest Point National Wildlife refuge is a very popular site for the over 65,000 annual visitors each year.

The refuge sports a newly renovated visitor center, over 2.5 miles of nature trails, viewing platforms, and a number of Refuge volunteers present to help visitors and to help in management of the refuge.

Wildlife to Watch: Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is renowned for the presence of the largest winter population of harlequin ducks on the East Coast.

From saltmarsh and beach strand habitats to upland shrub dominated lands, the refuge supports over 200 bird species, with such notable occasional visitors such as the peregrine falcon, northern harrier, and the snowy owl.

Special Tips: Over 2 miles of trails, kiosks, interpetive panels, and viewing platforms await the refuge visitor. Special events, such as the annual take me fishing day, and a host of guided tours and walks are available.

Other Activities: Sachuest Point is renowned for its fishing opportunties, from the avid saltwater flyfisher to families enjoying an afternoon together. Night fishing permits are available at the refuge office.

Ownership: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service 
Size: 242 acres 
Closest Town: Middletown

Facilities:
RestroomsParkingFishingHikingLarge BoatsSmall BoatsDrinking Water

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:
SpringSummerFallWinter

Harlequin Duck - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
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.

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Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge : Wildlife Viewing Area