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Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge

On a short promontory in Rhode Island Sound lies Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, 228 acres of rocky shorelines, sandy beaches, freshwater and salt marshes, and grasslands. There are 3 miles of trails and three observation towers that provide easy viewing access to all of the refuge, which is perhaps best known for its wintering flock of Harlequin Ducks. These marvelously patterned little seaducks are easier to see here than anywhere else in New England. The ducks, which may number more than 50, stick together in quite tight flocks, tend to stay close to coastal rocks, and often submerge en masse, so it sometimes takes a few minutes to locate them. Loons, grebes, and goldeneyes share the inshore waters with the Harlequins, while Short-eared and Snowy Owls frequent the open upland areas from fall through spring. Tautog, Bluefish, and Striped Bass occur all around the peninsula.

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Activities: 
  • fishing
  • hiking
 

 

 

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