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 10 units of Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge include a variety of habitats from grassy upland to tidal salt marsh. Though many refuge units are small in acreage, their importance to wildlife, especially migratory birds, is enormous.

Learn more about the units that make up the refuge.

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
Refuge Waterfowl Hunting Program

Hunting Permit Information and Regulations

Permits are available for the 2018-19 waterfowl hunting season at the Great Meadows Unit of the refuge in Stratford. Email to obtain a permit application and information. Click below for the most up-to-date special regulations.

Refuge Special Hunting Regulations (Waterfowl)

Kirtland Landing Project

Kirtland Landing Project

Learn more about the $170,000 project to improve river access to the refuge

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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