Island-Hopping in Narragansett Bay

We explored the five key islands in upper Narragansett Bay from the Colonial-era song for schoolchildren: "Prudence, Patience, Hope and Despair, and Little Hog Island, right over there."

Patience Island is a safe haven for birds. A sizeable osprey nest occupies a crumbling dock on Patience, and at a much lower vantage point than the bird of prey typically builds. Photography by Michael Cevoli.

Patience Island

IF YOU GO
Ownership:
Managed by the DEM; off-limits during bird nesting season, from April 1 to August 15.
Size: 207 acres
Population: 0
How to get there: Private boat.
Services: None; you’d be hard-pressed to find a trail to the interior.
Key wildlife: White-tailed deer, minks, otters. The island also serves as a breeding colony for New England cottontail rabbits. Ticks are prevalent.
Fishing situation: Stripers, bluefish.
Don’t miss: Quahogging in the island’s sandy sediment.

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