Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, Middletown

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Occupying a peninsula between the Sakonnet River and Rhode Island Sound, the 242-acre (0.98 km2) Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is a very popular site for the over 65,000 annual visitors each year. It is located in the southeasternmost part of the Town of Middletown.

The refuge sports a newly renovated visitor center, over 2.5 miles (4.0 km) of nature trails, viewing platforms, and a number of Refuge volunteers present to help visitors and to help in management of the refuge.

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge is renowned for its fantastic saltwater fishing, and the presence of the largest winter population of harlequin ducks on the East Coast.

Once a horse racing area, then a Naval communications site, and now a National Wildlife Refuge, the area is steeped in history.

From salt marsh 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.

Sachuest Point, along with the four other National Wildlife Refuges in the State, is administered by the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, headquartered in Charlestown, Rhode Island.

Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge was closed following Hurricane Sandy due to damage from the storm. The refuge reopened on May 1, 2013. As of September 2013, the visitor center continues to operate with reduced hours due to the 2013 federal budget sequestration.

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  • Favorite activity of our trip. Quiet, and spectacular views of the rocky coast. And free! Worth the short drive. 
    Favorite activity of our trip. Quiet, and spectacular views of the rocky coast. And free! Worth the short drive.  more »
  • Must walk the trials and stop in the visitor center Very clean and peace full. Both the wife and I have been going here for over 28 years. this is just a great place to unwind 
    Must walk the trials and stop in the visitor center Very clean and peace full. Both the wife and I have been going here for over 28 years. this is just a great place to unwind  more »
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  • Occupying a peninsula between the Sakonnet River and Rhoda Island sound, the 242 acre Sachuest a point National Wildlife Refuge is renowned for its fantastic saltwater Fishing, and the presence of the largest winter population of harlequin ducks 🦆 on the East Coast. Once a horse racing area, then a Naval communications site, and now a National wildlife refuge, the area is steeped in history. Nearly 3 Billion Birds Gone From bird 🦅 population since 1970. Coastal shorebirds have lost more than one third of their population in 40 years. Hard to believe it until I read at the posting while we visited this place on one of the fine summer morning on July 29, 2022. We explored the surroundings via Flint point trails which is an easy scenic trail and provides an opportunity to see different birds, 🐌, rabbit on the way. The sea shore access with benches adds to the overall experience. A couple of observations deck provided a 360 degree view of ocean / nature. Highly recommended for kids who wants to enjoy outdoor and learn about nature. Ample parking is available at the visitor center (10:00 am - 2:00 everyday. However temporarily not operating on Wednesday due to lack of volunteers). Restrooms through side door available daily 6:30 🕡am - 6:30 pm. There is a small gift shop run by the Friends of the national wildlife refuges of RI. The exhibits in the visitor center is also appealing.
  • 3.18.22 This is a very easy walk, stroll, on a well traveled path along the ocean, and anyone from a little child to an older person can do it as it's flat and well marked. We happened to see 3 deer, some birds, a bunny, and what looked like a hawk. It was a peaceful walk. The visitor center is very nice and there is lots of parking. It's all free.

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