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Lathrop Wildlife Refuge
Lathrop Wildlife Refuge

Lathrop Wildlife Refuge

Address: 102 Shore Road, Westerly, RI 02891
Hours: Open sunrise to sunset
Acres: 86 (To protect wildlife and habitat, please avoid walking through the wetlands and marsh.)
Trails: Less than 1 mile
Trail Difficulty: Easy

Dogs are prohibited. Click here to learn why and review other trail guidelines.

Audubon's Lathrop Wildlife Refuge protects 86 acres along the northern shore of Winnapaug Pond, in the seaside town of Westerly. This refuge consists of coastal shrub land, freshwater wetlands, and salt marsh.  A short and gentle trail leads from the parking lot down to Winnapaug Pond, offering wonderful opportunities for bird watching.

Refuge Highlights

  • Habitat: coastal shrubland, freshwater wetlands, salt marsh
  • Wildlife to watch for: horseshoe crab
  • Birds commonly found: Willet, Snowy Egret, Great Egret, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Baltimore Oriole
  • Offerings: Birdwatching
  • Scenic views of Winnapaug Pond

Using the Trails: Refuge Guidelines

All Audubon Society of Rhode Island land is protected. Our public wildlife refuges are for everyone to enjoy. Please respect the natural habitats of Audubon's refuges and avoid disturbing their inhabitants. Also, respect the rights of others when using the trails.

In order to ensure that these areas remain as healthy habitats, we ask you please to abide by these simple rules, enjoying the natural settings with quiet enthusiasm and a respectful sense of adventure. By conserving these open spaces, Audubon Society of Rhode Island, along with its members and partners, is able to fulfill its mission of protecting the nature of Rhode Island.

To accomplish this, we kindly request the following: