Remembering Jon Boothroyd
Sunday, December 13

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


Habitat Restoration

We are wrapping up our habitat restoration work at Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond with just two work sessions remaining before we move into the farm to work on the Canonchet Farm Trail:

Friday morning, September 9, from 9:00 to 1:00

Saturday morning, September 24, from 9:00 to 1:00

Canonchet Farm Habitat Restoration is located on Boston Neck Road in Narragansett.

Look for the Friends of Canonchet Farm Restoring Habitat and Master Gardener signs on the sandwich board. Sign in at the volunteer table under the blue canopy on Anne Hoxsie Lane. We provide instruction, tools, gloves, snacks, coffee and lunch.

Or just stop in to learn about identifying and removing invasive species from your garden.  Discover what native plants do well in a coastal environment and where to buy them.  We always have time for visitors.


An easy hike with gorgeous views

"If you think the only place to walk in Narragansett is the sea wall," advises Betty Cotter in a feature article about Canonchet Farm in the February 10, 2016 Narragansett Times, "you might want to take a detour into the woods behind South County Museum." Click the image to read the full article.

Download a map of Canonchet Trail.

On Pettaquamscutt 2016

Join us on Sunday, March 20 as Archaeologist Jay Waller describes What R110 Tells us about the Native American Usage of the Natural Resources at Canonchet Farm. R110 is an archaeological site that rests on the upper portion of Salt Pond just south of Commodore Perry Highway and which is arguably the most significant pre-European contact Native American find on the East Coast.

On Pettaquamscutt: Presentations on the Environment and the History of the Narrow River Watershedis a joint project of Friends of Canonchet Farm, Narrow River Preservation Association, South County Museum and the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, with generous support from Trio Restaurant.

The presentation is on Sunday afternoons from 1:00 to 3:00 at the Maury Loontjens Memorial Library, 35 Kingstown Road, Narragansett. After each talk, you are invited to continue the conversation next door at Trio, 15 Kingstown Road.

The series is free and open to the public. However, you are asked to register in advance for each presentation as space is limited. Click the Register button to sign up for this month's presentation.

Restoring Habitat at Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond

It's a Wrap!

Although there was one more work session on the following Saturday, the Friends of Canonchet Farm marked the successful completion of another year of habitat restoration at Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond with the Fourth Annual Volunteer Appreciation Evening at the South County Museum on Wednesday, September 23.

(l-r) Libby Lamarre of North Kingstown, Mary Beth Dumouchel of East Greenwich, and Colleen Kenyon and Sandy Koerner both of South Kingstown were among the 46 volunteers who worked a total of 762 hours along the two coastal ponds across from the Narragansett Town Beach. John Miller of Narragansett, who logged 34 hours this season, receives a commemorative photo from Kathie Kelleher at the Volunteer Appreciation Evening. Many thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who enabled remarkable changes at Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond.

Volunteers Plant 132 Rhody Native Plants
at Lake Canonchet

More than two dozen volunteers planted 132 Rhody Native plants across from the Narragansett Town Beach on Saturday, September 12, as part of a Friends of Canonchet Farm habitat restoration project at Lake Canonchet and Little Neck Pond. The plants, which included Virginia rose, shadbush and chokeberry grown from seed harvested from local plants, were purchased with a grant from the South County Garden Club. The habitat restoration project now in its fourth year consists of the removal of invasive vegetation from edge of the coastal ponds to promote the growth of native species. The project is funded by the Friends of Canonchet Farm, with additional support from the Greenway Alliance of Rhode Island for equipment and supplies. Click any thumbnail below to enlarge the image. (Photos by Rosemary and David Smith)

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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