Coronavirus (COVID-19) Notice
Although most refuge lands and outdoor spaces have remained open for the public to enjoy, we ask that you recreate responsibly.

  • Check alerts and local conditions on this website and call ahead for current information. Operations vary based on local public health conditions.
  • Consistent with CDC recommendations, all visitors (age 2 and older), who are fully vaccinated are required to wear a mask inside of federal buildings in areas of substantial or high community transmission.. All visitors who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
  • Most importantly, stay home if you feel sick and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and follow CDC guidance on how to protect yourself and others.

Around the Refuge

Visitor Activities

Photography at Salt Meadow

There are activities year-round at Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge including wildlife observation, photography, environmental education and hunting. Visit the Visitor Activities page to learn more.

Visitor Activities

The Islands

Beach at Calf Island

The Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge includes a variety of islands that are extremely important to Connecticut's coastal wildlife.

Learn more about the units that make up the refuge.

Falkner Island Story Map

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Falkner Island in Guilford is home to thousands of charismatic seabirds that nest and raise their young. It's not open to visitors most of the year to protect habitat. But now you can visit it virtually any time with our new story map!

Falkner Island Story Map

Urban Oases Project

Children running - USFWS.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated the Urban Oases project in the New Haven Harbor Watershed as an Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership. Learn more by visiting our Urban Oasis Project page below.

Urban Oases Project

Visitor Parking Lot at Great Meadows-Stratford to be Intermittently Closed

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and our partners announced the start of a large marsh restoration project starting early November 2021 at Great Meadows. The visitor parking lot may be closed due to work and equipment. Please use other PUBLIC parking nearby. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Menunketesuck River Access/Construction

Westbrook's Kirtland Landing Has Gotten a Facelift!

The first phase of the Kirtland Landing Project is complete! Stay tuned for the work yet to come: New benches, picnic tables and a brand new boat ramp in spring 2022! Our October 2021 press release:

Press Release Kirtland Landing NR 20210915

About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System


The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America's fish, wildlife, and plants.

Learn more about the NWRS