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The Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and Museum is situated on 23 acres in the woods of Saunderstown, Rhode Island on a beautiful millpond and stream, surrounded by gardens, woodland hiking trails, freshwater fishing, and more!
There may be access to the Narrow River across the street from the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace Museum when the museum is open (with permission from the staff). On Carr Pond you’ll find a dirt parking lot and a small path leading a distance to the river.
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Narrow River, also known as the Pettaquamscutt River, forms a natural boundary between the towns of Narragansett, South Kingstown, and North Kingstown. Not truly a river, it is an approximately seven-mile-long tidal inlet connected by a narrow channel to a series of kettle basins fed by a small stream. Although mostly shallow, it does have two unusually steep-sided ponds, one of which plunges to a maximum depth of approximately 60 feet.
Making up the Narrow River estuary are the two ice block basins, Upper and Lower Ponds, the central narrow channel between Lacey Bridge and Middle Bridge, a southern shallow basin, Pettaquamscutt Cove, and a narrow tidal inlet, The Narrows.
Looking at this shallow trickle of water, you’d never guess that the Narrow River supports one of the largest runs of river herring in the state (although the number of returning fish has declined significantly in the last decade). Each spring, thousands of adult herring and alewives manage to struggle up the fish ladder alongside the mill dam and into Carr Pond, where they spawn on the sand-and-gravel bottom. In the fall, juvenile herring leave the pond and make their way back to the ocean.
Many visitors are able to view the periphery of the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge at Pettaquamscutt Cove as they canoe or kayak the Narrow River. Although the Refuge can be elusive to many human visitors, it is, however, well-known to the migratory waterfowl that rely on it, including the largest population of black ducks in Rhode Island.