There are tremendous opportunities to boat or paddle at the refuge. Paddling along Westbrook's Menunketesuck River in summer provides great views of the Salt Meadow Unit and marsh birds like egrets, ibises, willets and herons. In fall the paddle is absolutely beautiful, and it allows visitors to see foliage in every shade of red, orange yellow and brown. There is a small boat launch open to the public without charge along Rt. 145 in Westbrook.
Small motorboats and kayaks may access refuge units such as Outer Island and Sheffield Island very easily, as good docking facilities are available there during the summer. On refuge units where there are currently no docks, such as Chimon Island and Calf Island, kayakers may pull up to the open beaches and explore the refuge from there. Motorboats may also be moored offshore in designated areas. Be sure to obey "no landing" signs.
There is no fishing access directly from the refuge. However, Gatchen Creek and the Menunketesuck River adjacent to the Salt Meadow Unit of the refuge, provide good areas for crabbing and kayaking. These areas may be accessed from the public boat launch on Rt. 145 in Westbrook. Fishing near the Milford Point Unit is popular, but anglers are asked to obey all posted signs and closed areas on the refuge.