Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge Salt Pond
Established in 1979, it consists of 409 acres of diverse upland and wetland habitats including grasslands, shrub lands, wooded swamps and freshwater ponds. Formerly part of Charlestown Naval Auxiliary Landing Fields, the refuge now provides visitors with over four miles of hiking trails. You may enjoy an excellent view of Ninigret Pond, the largest coastal salt pond in Rhode Island, from the observation platform at Grassy Point. For the birding enthusiasts, over 250 species of birds have been recorded at Ninigret. Also, refuge shores support a large diversity of marine life such as blue crab, bay scallop, and winter flounder.
The refuge protects federally threatened and state endangered species and is part of the Atlantic Flyway, a major migratory bird pathway. The refuge is an important stop for migrating birds, providing food and rest on their long migration.