Directions

Sunset at Chimon Island.

Salt Meadow Unit (Headquarters) 

This unit is conveniently located just off Interstate-95 in Westbrook, CT. Take Exit 64 and go south on Horse Hill Road (Rt. 145). At the stop sign, turn left onto Old Clinton Rd. The visitor parking area is about 1 mile down the road on the right. There is a large brown McKinney National Wildlife Refuge sign at the visitor entrance. Once you reach the end of the visitor driveway and parking lot, you'll see two stone buildings on the right. The large one is refuge headquarters. Proceed up past the buildings to enter the information kiosk and trail system. 

GPS/Maps address: 733 Old Clinton Road, Westbrook, CT 06498  Salt Meadow is open daily 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.

Great Meadows Unit 

This unit is located just moments from Interstate-95 in Stratford, CT. Take Exit 30 and proceed southeast on Lordship Blvd. (Route 113). Then turn onto Long Beach Blvd (across from Duchess restaurant). The refuge parking area and welcome kiosk are near the end of Long Beach Blvd., on the left side of the road. 

Approximate GPS/Maps address: 600 Long Beach Blvd, Stratford, CT 06615  Great Meadows is open daily 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. 

Milford Point Unit 

This unit is located a few miles off Interstate-95 in Milford, CT. Take exit 34 and turn left off the exit onto Route 1 North. Turn right onto Lansdale Ave. and then make 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. 

GPS/Maps address: 1 Milford Point Road, Milford, CT 06460  Milford Point is 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 via the Thimble Islands Ferry from or by private vessel from Stony Creek, CT. 

Approximate GPS/Maps address for ferry and boat ramp: 2 Indian Point Road, Branford, CT 06405  Outer Island is open daily from mid-May through late September - 8am to sunset.

Sheffield, Chimon, Goose and Peach Island Units 

These islands are located off the shore of Norwalk, CT. 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 if using the Seaport Association dock. 

GPS/Maps address for Sheffield Island ferry: 4 North Water Street, Norwalk, CT 06854  Sheffield Island (refuge portion) is open to visitors daily 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. Ferry service and Seaport Association operations (historic lighthouse tours, etc.) are available May through September.

Chimon Island may be reached by private vessel, such as a kayak, as there is no available docking facility. 

Approximate GPS/Maps address for Veterans Park boat launch: 200 CT-136, Norwalk, CT 06855  The West Beach of Chimon 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 ferry service or available docking facility. 

Approximate GPS/Maps address for Byram Park boat launch: 36 Game Cock Road, Greenwich, CT 06830  Calf Island is 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. Falkner Island is closed to public visitation except during an annual "Open House" event, 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.

New Haven Urban Refuge Partnership Sites

Although not owned by USFWS, we have a strong partnership with many city parks and other entities in the City of New Haven. Places like Beaver Ponds, West River, Cherry Ann and other sites throughout the city are designated as "Urban Oases" - green spaces enjoyed by both people and wildlife. To find out more about these wonderful places, follow this link.