Plan Your Visit

Aerial photo of Outer Island.

 Know Before You Go

Birds, mammals, colorful trees, rare plants, historic buildings, cultural objects - all of these interesting things are found at the refuge. Many refuge units have nature trails, wildlife observation platforms and other visitor improvements too. Maps of refuge units are available by clicking the link in the sidebar at right.

Special interpretive tours and programs are given throughout the year - especially in summer. For events and other current information, check out our Facebook page.

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.

Dogs, cats, horses or other domestic animals are not allowed anywhere on the refuge. However, service dogs are always allowed.

Additional questions regarding visitation may be directed to the Visitor Services Manager at this email link.

Hours and Seasons of Refuge Units 

The Salt Meadow Unit in Westbrook, Milford Point Unit in Milford, Great Meadows Unit in Stratford, Chimon Island Unit in Norwalk (West Beach only) and Calf Island Unit in Greenwich are open daily year-round from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.

The Outer Island Unit in Branford and Sheffield Island Unit in Norwalk are open daily from mid-May through late September (when docking facility is in place) from 8am to dusk.

The Falkner Island Unit in Guilford is closed to visitation except during the annual open house in September.

The Peach and Goose Islands Units in Norwalk are closed to visitation except by issuance of a special use permit from the Refuge Manager.