Prudence Island

Tips for Birding

See extensive Tips for Birding and Birds of Interest on the Prudence Island Group webpage.

About Prudence Island

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Close to 85% of Prudence Island has been protected from development, including the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (NBNERR).  Popular activities at many locations across the island include:

  • Hiking
  • Bird Watching
  • Picture Post Locations
  • Fishing
  • Clamming
  • Points of Interest
  • Events

Helpful Information

  • Prudence Island is accessible via ferry (vehicles and passengers), departing from Bristol.
  • Bikes are a good way to get around the island, but keep in mind many of the roads are not paved; bikes with thick, wide tires are ideal.
  • The only public restrooms on the island are located at the NBNERR headquarters (typically open M-F 8:30-3:30 pm)  and there is a composting toilet at the south end near the T-Wharf.
  • There are no overnight accommodations or restaurants, but there is a small general store at the ferry landing.
  • Free day parking in Bristol is available in a municipal lot on Thames Street directly opposite the Prudence Island ferry landing and parking lot. Please note that this lot does not provide overnight parking.

Notable Trails

The website has descriptions and maps of hikes on Prudence Island.

Content from Prudence Island Official Website and Seasonal Birding Highlights on Prudence Island