Salt Meadow Unit (Headquarters)
This unit is conveniently located just off the highway in Westbrook, CT. Take Exit 64 off I-95 and go south on Rt. 145. At the stop sign, take a left onto Old Clinton Rd. The visitor parking area is about 1 mile up on the right. Open daily 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
Great Meadows Unit
This unit is located off Lordship Blvd. (Route 113) in Stratford, CT. The refuge parking area and welcome kiosk are near the end of Long Beach Blvd., on the left side of the road. Open daily 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. **This unit is also open (by special use permit) for waterfowl hunting during the state waterfowl hunting season, usually occurring September through March.
Milford Point Unit
This unit is located 14 miles southwest of New Haven in Milford, CT. Take exit 34 off I-95. Turn left off the exit onto Route 1 north. Turn right onto Lansdale Ave. and then another right onto Milford Point Road. This will lead to the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center, where parking is available. Please drive slowly as speed limits are low in this residential area. The refuge may be accessed by walking a short distance along the Audubon Center's boardwalk, and then to the west along the shoreline. Please do not use the private road. Open daily 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
Outer Island Unit
This unit is located in the Thimble Islands Chain off the coast of Branford, CT. This unit must be accessed by ferry (from Stony Creek, CT) or by private vessel. Open daily from mid-May through late September only - 8am to sunset.
Sheffield, Chimon, Goose and Peach Island Units
These islands are located off the shore of Norwalk, CT - approximately 40 miles east of New York City. Scenic ferry rides to Sheffield Island are available each summer through the Norwalk Seaport Association. Ferry tickets are available at their dock, located near Norwalk's Maritime Aquarium. Private vessels are also allowed to visit the island, but will have to pay a small docking fee is using the Seaport Association dock or beach to land. Open daily from mid-May through late September only.
Chimon Island may be reached by private vessel, such as a kayak, as there is no available docking facility. The West Beach of the island is open daily 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
Peach Island and Goose Island Units are closed to public visitation.
Calf Island Unit
This island is located off the coast of Greenwich, CT. A private vessel, such as a kayak, must be used to reach the island, as there is no available docking facility. Open daily 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
Falkner Island Unit
This unit is located three miles off the shores of Guilford, CT. This unit is closed to public visitation except during the annual Open House, which usually occurs annually in September.
Menunketsuck Island (part of the Salt Meadow Unit)
This island is located off the coast of Westbrook, CT. The island is closed to public visitation.
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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.