Salt Meadow Unit (Headquarters)
Take Exit 64 off of I-95 and turn south on Rt. 145. At the stop sign, take a left on Old Clinton Rd. The visitor parking area is about 1 mile up on the right.
Outer Island Unit
This unit is located in the Thimble Island Chain off the coast of Branford, CT. This unit must be accessed by ferry (from Stony Creek, CT) or by private vessel. Please check with the refuge for hours of visitation.
Falkner Island Unit
This unit is located three miles off the shore of Guilford, CT. This unit must be accessed by private vessel and is closed to public visitation except during the open house. Please contact the refuge for more information.
Milford Point Unit
This unit is located 14 miles SW of New Haven in Milford, CT. Take exit 34 off I-95. Turn left off the exit onto route 1 north. Take a right onto Lansdale Ave. and a right onto Milford Point Road to the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center, where parking is available. Please drive slowly as speed limits are low in this area. The observation deck may be accessed by walking a short distance along the boardwalk, and then to the west along the shoreline. Please do not use the private road.
Great Meadows Unit
This unit is located off Lordship Boulevard (Route 113) in Stratford and is open to wildlife viewing, photography, environmental education, and interpretation along the trail system. The unit is also open by special use permit for waterfowl hunting during the state waterfowl hunting season.
Sheffield, Chimon, Goose and Peach Island Units
These islands are located off the shore of Norwalk, CT and approximately 40 miles east of New York City. A ferry to Sheffield Island leaves from the Seaport Dock, located near the Maritime Aquarium. A private vessel must be used to reach Chimon Island Unit. Peach Island and Goose Island Units currently closed to public.
Calf Island Unit
This island is located off the coast of Greenwich, CT. A private vessel must be used to reach the Calf Island Unit.
Menunketsuck Island Unit
This island is located off the coast of Westbrook, CT.
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Did you know that there is a native cactus in Connecticut? Yes, Opuntia humifusa or the prickly-pear grows in all eastern states except Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire. Although it is rare and listed as a species of special concern in the state, you can find it on several units of the Stewart B. McKinney NWR.