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Big River Management Area
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.
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.
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.