Visiting Napatree

Our number one priority is the health and safety of our visitors, employees, partners, and program participants. We are following the recommendations of public health authorities. Napatree Point Conservation Area remains open to the public and subject to all applicable guidelines.

Respectful Enjoyment

Napatree Point Conservation Area is an ecological preserve and wildlife refuge.

For the protection of our visitors and this fragile habitat, guests must follow the rules set forth by the Town of Westerly, the State of Rhode Island, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Watch Hill Fire District, and the Conservation Easement protecting Napatree

At the end of the list of rules, you will find helpful tips for planning your visit to the Napaptree Point Conservation Area.

  • In accordance with Town of Westerly Ordinance 76-8: Leashed, registered dogs are allowed from the day after Labor Day to May 1 at any time. From May 2 to Labor Day, leashed dogs are allowed from 6:00 PM until 8:00 AM. Droppings must be picked up and removed from the beach by the individual walking or having control of the dog. Dogs and people are prohibited from any nesting bird areas demarcated by the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service or its partners, designees, and agents. Violators may be prosecuted.

  • In accordance with Town of Westerly Ordinance 81-1: No vehicles of any kind are allowed on Napatree, including bicycles.

  • Horseback riding is prohibited.

  • In accordance with Town of Westerly Ordinance 86-22: No vessel of any description shall be anchored, moored, or beached in the area of Little Narragansett Bay known as the “Kitchen Area” of Napatree Point. This is the area in and around the Napatree Lagoon.

  • The operation of drones (small unmanned aerial systems) is expressly forbidden.

  • Any recreational use or activity which is inconsistent with the preservation of the ecological or aesthetic values of Napatree, or diminishes the public benefit from this nature reserve is prohibited.

  • No fires, camping, grills or fireworks are allowed at any time.

  • Hunting and the removal of vegetation are not permitted.

  • In accordance with Town of Westerly Ordinance 162-4: The consumption of alcohol is prohibited.

  • Please use paths marked by the yellow poles. Crossing the dunes off approved paths is prohibited.

  • There are no lifeguards on Napatree. Visitors assume any and all risks and consequences of harm.

Planning Your Visit

When planning your visit to Napatree Point Conservation Area, you may want to consider parking, restrooms, and other frequently asked questions.

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