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Big River Management Area
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Location and Access

Big River is located in the towns of West Greenwich, Exeter, Coventry and East Greenwich, with the major portion within West Greenwich. Interstate Route 95 separates the southern section from the northern segment along several roadways, of which Nooseneck Hill Road (Route 3) and Division Street are major roads. Several gravel roads also exist within the area, most of which are gated to limit vehicle access. Access to the northern segment is limited but occurs along Harkney Hill Road. Access to Big River and Flat River Reservoir is available at Route 3, Zekes Bridge (boat ramp) and the fisherman's access off Weaver Hill Road. U.S.G.S. Topographic quad maps for Crompton and Slocum cover the area.

Habitat

Big River covers a total area of 8319 acres. The area is composed of mainly forest land (evergreens 4374 acres, deciduous 1781 acres), wetlands (1288 acres), agricultural lands (233 acres), and other areas (gravel, residential, etc. 407 acres). Major rivers or streams in the area are Big River, Nooseneck River, Congdon River and Carr River.

Wildlife

Big River Wildlife Management Area contains the diversity of habitats necessary to support a wide range of wildlife. Typical game mammals found there include cottontail rabbits, grey squirrel, white-tailed deer; furbearers such as fox, raccoon and mink. Typical game birds include ruffed grouse, wild turkey, while some wetlands support waterfowl. Ample opportunity also exists to observe many non-game birds, mammals and insects throughout the area. Fishing for both stocked and native trout is available in Big River, which also supports several species of warm water fish.


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