Sachuest Pt. NWR--Salt Marsh

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The salt marsh can be viewed from the third beach parking lot and is visible without having to leave your car.

About Sachuest Point NWR

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This refuge is one of five national wildlife refuges in Rhode Island. About 200 million years ago, when the supercontinent Pangaea split, Africa left traces of itself along the shores of Sachuest Point creating the Price Neck Formation. From the mid-1600s to the early 1900s, Sachuest Point was used for farming and sheep grazing. During World War II, the U.S. Navy used this site for a rifle range and communications center. In 1970, a 70-acre donation from the Audubon Society of Rhode Island led to the establishment of Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. Today, with the land transfers from the Navy, the Refuge totals 242 acres that provide an important stopover and wintering area for migratory birds.


  • Roadside viewing

Content from Sachuest Point NWR Official Website, Noah Henkenius, Rhode Island Bird website, and New England Bird House blog

Last updated July 12, 2023