Dutch Island Management Area Reference Map: Topographical Map:
Location and Access
Dutch Island lies within the west passage of Narragansett Bay and is a
portion of the town of Jamestown, RI. Access to the island is by
private boat only and a small dock is present on the east side of the
island. Topographic quad maps for Wickford, RI cover this area.
Dutch Island Management Area covers a total land area of 94 acres. The
area is composed primarily of coastal shrub thickets and forest with
scattered areas of open grassland. The island was previously occupied
during World War II by a coastal military installation, including
various buildings, munition bunkers and artillery. Remnants of these
structures and road exist throughout the island. The area is currently
being allowed to revert to a natural vegetational state with no active
cutting or mowing planned.
Due to its unique position within Narragansett Bay, Dutch Island
offers the opportunity to observe wildlife in a coastal environment.
Cottontail rabbits are abundant on the island with the only other
abundant mammal being the Norway rat. The shoreline of the island
provides habitat suitable for a variety of water birds including
gulls, herons, ducks, shorebirds, and wading birds. Other non-game
species occur on the island as well providing ample opportunity for
observation of these species.