Sandy Point Beach

Welcome to Sandy Point Island - a beautiful 35 acre barrier island in Little Narragansett Bay. Access to the island is by water only.

Lat.: 41°19’46.2″
Long.: 71°53’31.4″

Sandy Point is home to a variety of wildlife including horseshoe crabs and nesting american oystercatchers, piping plovers, and least terns. This special preserve is owned by Avalonia Land Conservancy and has been managed as a wildlife refuge by the US Fish & Wildlife Service since 2015. Passes are obtained through the COMO. The US Fish & Wildlife Service work to enforce rules and regulations throughout the year ensures the safety of visitors and the incredible wildlife.

Passes are required to utilize Sandy Point during the summer season. Fees support the management and administration of the island as a wildlife refuge.

Sandy Point passes may be purchased as individual adult season passes, or as day passes. All youth ages 17 and under are free. Individual adult season passes are $25.00 each and senior passes are $15.00 each. One day only passes cost $10.00 per person.

Purchase season passes online or at the Stonington Community Center, located at 28 Cutler Street, Stonington CT, Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm. $5.00 optional processing fee is available for those interested in having a laminated wallet size Sandy Point pass mailed to them. Passes are laminated free of charge with COMO membership purchase.

It is important to note that your receipt AND personal ID serve as proof of payment while on Sandy Point. US Fish & Wildlife officers require that each adult visitor provide both when visiting the island. Passes are non transferable.

Download a printable Sandy Point pass application.

Rules & Regulations: 

  • Obtain and possess a Sandy Point Island Beach Pass 
  • Stay out of vegetated, fenced, and posted areas 
  • No pets are allowed on Sandy Point 
  • Do not approach or linger near shorebird nests 
  • No overnight camping, open fires, or kite flying 
  • Possessing or using fireworks is not allowed 
  • Do not feed the gulls 
  • No littering, take all trash with you

For questions or concerns regarding the management of Sandy Point Island or purchasing of beach passes, visitors can call the Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex at 401.364.9124.