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Emilie Ruecker Wildlife Refuge

Seapowet Avenue, Tiverton, RI

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A 50  acre parcel of woods and salt marsh with trails and fine views of the Sakonnet River. The refuge has blinds for observing and photographing nature. Great Egrets, Snowy Egrets, and Glossy Ibis are among the birds that frequent the marsh. Jack's Island, a peninsula that extends into the Sakonnet River, is home to breeding Ospreys.

 Directions to Ruecker


From Providence: Take Route 195 east to Route 24 south (in Fall River, MA). Travel Route 24 south to the Route 77 south exit. Follow Route 77 for 4.1 miles to Seapowet Avenue on the right. Turn onto Seapowet Avenue and continue 0.2 miles to the refuge parking lot on the right.

 From Newport and points west: Travel east on RI-114/West Main Road. Merge onto RI-24N toward I-195 (Fall River/Providence). Stay on RI-24N for 4 miles, exiting at Exit 4, after crossing the bridge) toward RI-77 (Tiverton/Little Compton). Stay on RI-77 south for 3.6 miles, turning right onto Seapowet Ave. Travel 0.2 miles to parking area.

Using the Trails

Permitted (and encouraged!):

  • Hiking on the trails
  • Observing & learning about wildlife
  • Photography
  • Bird watching
  • Enjoying the area's natural ambience and solitude


Not permitted are:

  • Motorized vehicles
  • Horses or bicycles
  • Dogs and other pets
  • Hunting, fishing, trapping
  • Picnicking or camping
  • Littering
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Collecting plants or other natural objects
  • Geo-caching or Letterboxing

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