Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge
|Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge|
IUCN category IV (habitat/species management area)
|Location||Newport County, Rhode Island, United States|
|Nearest city||Middletown, Rhode Island|
|Area||242 acres (0.98 km2)|
|Governing body||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service|
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.
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 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 visitors center continues to operate with reduced hours due to the 2013 federal budget sequestration.