Map of Canonchet Farm
Shows trail heads and points of interest

Scott Turner Walks, Listens and Entertains
Canonchet Farm Walk, May 17, 2015

Nancy Karraker Wades in on Eggs, Peepers and Turtles
Guided Walk, April 19, 2015

Families Love Canonchet
Canonchet Farm Walk September 23, 2013

Watch a short film on Habitat Restoration at Lake Canonchet

On Protecting Canonchet #1
The Master Plan

On Protecting Canonchet #2
Appropriate Uses

On Protecting Canonchet #3
Management of the Park

On Protecting Canonchet #4
Finance Issues


Cleanup at Lake Canonchet
September 10, 2011

Charlie Lee Remembrance
February 6, 2011

Canonchet History
Who was Canonchet?
by Richard Vangermeersch

Canonchet Farm Master Plan
Town Council Holds Workshop on Planning Board Report

Our Response
October 21, 2010

Our Vision and Recommendations for Canonchet Farm
April 2009

Guided Walks Fall 2010

Beech Grove Cleanup Complete
Cleanup - Day 4
October 31, 2009

Beech Grove
Cleanup - Day 2
October 9, 2009

Tom Wessels
Guided Walk
October 10, 2009

Other Links

Narrow River Preservation Association

South County Museum

On Pettaquamscutt 2015

Narragansett Chamber of Commerce


Restoring Habitat at Lake Canonchet

Our Tuesdays with Iris

blue_flag_irisEven in the fourth year of our habitat restoration project, we are always (pleasantly) surprised at what shows up when we remove the knotweed and winter debris from the edges of Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond. Among the surprises this year is this Blue Flag Iris, which is thriving without the competition from invasives species.

We have had four work sessions in April and May and are now working on alternating Tuesday evenings, with a maintenance program at Lake Canonchet and removal of invasive plants from the shore of Little Neck Pond. And we are always delighted when new and regular volunteers join the effort.

All sessions are from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. We provide instruction, tools, gloves, snacks, drinks, supper and friendly people. Work includes continuing to eliminate  knotweed, pruning dead branches, and general clean-up. Here are the dates for for the remainder of the "beach season":

June 2 (9)

June 16

June 30

July 14

July 28

August 11

August 25

September 1

After Labor Day, we will work from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 12 and Saturday, September 26.

During the September 12 session, we will plant Rhody Natives in selected locations along Lake Canonchet. Purchase of these plants was funded by the South County Garden Club.

We will hold our Volunteer Appreciation Event at South County Museum on Wednesday evening, September 23, from 6:00 to 8:00.

Need more information? E-mail Kathie Kelleher and she will fill you in on Restoring Habitat at Lake Canonchet and other volunteer opportunities.

Watch a new YouTube video by Brien Jennings
about habitat restoration at Lake Canonchet.

Here are links to two slide shows that show the progress we have made:

The future of Lake Canonchet, as envisioned 41 years ago...
(click the image to zoom in)

New Sign Honors Charlie Lee, Celebrates Native Plants Along Lake Canonchet

The Friends of Canonchet Farm has donated the first in a series of interpretive signs on Canonchet Farm, this one describing the native plants that are thriving along the eastern edge of Lake Canonchet.

Installed near the intersection of Boston Neck Road and Anne Hoxsie Lane, the sign features an illustration by Frances Topping and honors the memory of Charlie Lee, founding member the Friends of Canonchet Farm.

COstal Rhode Ilsand Botanical Garden


THE FRIENDS OF CANONCHET FARM was created in 2007 by a group of Narragansett residents who recognized this forgotten parcel of land could be preserved as a natural space for the community to enjoy. The group has evolved into a partnership with the Town to provide funding and volunteers for enhancing the property. We are committed to help create a natural park for the enjoyment and education of Narragansett residents and visitors.

Today Canonchet Farm is a green space unlike any other in Rhode Island. Comprised of 175 acres of fresh and saltwater wetlands, forests,brooks, and ponds abutting Pettaquamscutt Cove on Narrow River, the land is habitat for a wide variety of birds, plants, animals, and insects. The John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge owns ten acres of the land, while the remaining 165 acres belong to the Town of Narragansett. The original open fields of farmland have, over the years, grown into a thick forest of native and invasive plants and trees. Visitors and members will enjoy learning about the area on our popular guided walks, led by experts in the fields of nature, culture, and the sciences. With 1.5 miles of walking trails and proximity to the South County Museum, Canonchet Farm is a perfect venue for a day's outing.


Canonchet Farm's earliest inhabitants were the Narragansett Indians, followed by the first colonial settlers and farmers of the area. In 1865 Governor William Sprague and his wife, Kate Chase Sprague, purchased the property and constructed a sprawling sixty-eight-room mansion. They called the farm"Canonchet" after the renowned sachem of the Narragansett tribe. In 1909 the mansion burned to the ground. Now,only the stone framework remains from the original stable, which burned in 1960's.


With the ongoing habitat restoration program, made possible by the support of donations and volunteers, the ponds are becoming visible from Boston Neck Road. A proposed linear park along the shores of both ponds with a landscape design of native plants begins to take shape. We also plan to install educational signage, offer programs for children, and hold courses in forestry management.


Whether your interest is a quiet walk through the forest or the hands-on experience of preserving the environment, we invite you to join Friends of Canonchet Farm, and help support the natural development of this unique place in Rhode Island.

photo by Bill Krul

Photos by Bill Krul

The mission of the Friends of Canonchet Farm
is to improve, manage and preserve Canonchet Farm
in partnership with the public for the enjoyment
of present and future generations.

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