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John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge
JOHN H. CHAFEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
JOHN H. CHAFEE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Narragansett/South Kingston, Rhode Island   02882

Phone: 401-364-9124
Located within the picturesque Narrow River on the Southern Coast of Rhode Island, this Refuge is comparatively small in size, but big in protecting the unique features of this area.

At 317 acres, the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat for the largest black duck population in Rhode Island, and is recognized under international agreements as a critically important area for this species. The scenic vistas offered by the refuge and surrounding areas is well noted and attracts people from throughout the region.
Nature of the Area
The refuge contains expansive saltmarsh habitats and adjacent uplands which teem with a variety of wildlife including great egrets, herons, and several species of plovers and other shorebirds.

Over 200 different species occupying a variety of habitats call the refuge home. Pettaquamscutt Cove is an estuary which teams with a wide variety of waterfowl, shorebirds, and wading birds throughout the year. Black bellied plovers can be seen searching the mudflats for insects, and mussels and clams hidden in the flats add to the areas quality. Black Ducks ply the waterways, and young piping plovers can be seen in late summer. Osprey search the area for one of the over 20 fish species which occur in the lower Narrow River and Pettaquamscutt Cove.
History of the Area
Originally named the Pettaquamscutt Cove National Wildlife Refuge in 1988, it was renamed the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge in 1999, in honor of the late Senator who was a leading conservationist in the nation, and a strong supporter of the Refuges in Rhode Island.


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Wawaloam Campground
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Carriage House Inn - Chatham, MABBs / Inns
Carriage House Inn, a romantic Cape Cod Bed and Breakfast Inn in Chatham, Massachusetts. The Carriage House Inn offers spacious grounds, beautifully appointed guestrooms and gracious hospitality. Start your morning with a hot cup of coffee or tea in your room. Relax beside your fireplace or in one of the rocking chairs outside with your morning newspaper delivered to your door. Then, come over to the dining room or the sunroom for a truly gourmet breakfast. However you decide to spend the rest of your day is up to you. The innkeepers will surely make your vacation experience a memorable one.
Web Site: thecarriagehouseinn.com/
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Directions
The refuge is located in the Towns of Narragansett and South Kingstown, Washington County, Rhode Island. Virtually all refuge lands are not readily accessible by road. Taking a canoe or kayak across Pettaquamscutt Cove and in the Lower Narrow River is the easiest way to experience the refuge.

Exceptional viewing of the refuge can be had from the Sprague Bridge in Narragansett on Boston Neck Road, or on Middlebridge in Narragansett.

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John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge
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