Know Before You Go
Visitors to the refuge should dress appropriately for the weather and wear sturdy walking shoes. Some areas, especially those near the marshes and wetlands, can have mosquitoes in summer – so insect repellent is advisable.
Points of Interest
Visitor areas of the Salt Meadow Unit in Westbrook and the Great Meadows Unit in Stratford and Milford Point Unit in Milford are open 365 days a year from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset. These units have nature trails, wildlife observation platforms and other visitor improvements.
Visitor areas of the Outer Island Unit in Branford, Sheffield Island and Chimon Island Units in Norwalk and the Calf Island Unit in Greenwich are open daily to visitors from late May to September each year.
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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.