Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge Kettle Pond
The 115 acre parcel of Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge where the Kettle Pond Visitor Center is located is referred to as the headquarters unit. Purchased in 2001, this parcel of forested uplands is home to pitch and white pines, black and white oaks, blueberry shrubs, sweet fern, and princess pine. Hiking along the trails offer visitors a chance to witness visual reminders of the great ice sheet, see changes in the seasonal vernal pool, and views of Watchaug Pond.
The US Fish and Wildlife Service owns an additional 365 acres of land in the Charlestown Moraine known as the Lewis Trail unit. Together with Town and State conservation land in this area, a significant conservation area has been protected for wildlife and passive recreation. This conservation land also serves to protect the coastal ponds by providing the ponds with clean water and protection from upstream development.