Just a mile off the coast of Norwalk, Connecticut and Westport, Connecticut, is a chain of 25 islands about six miles long. Some islands are owned by the towns of Norwalk and Westport, while others are part of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge or privately owned. Located on the Long Island Sound, the Manhattan skyline is visible on clear days.
Larger islands include Chimon Island, Cockenoe Island, Shea Island, and Sheffield Islands. The largest island, at 59 acres, is Chimon Island, which is part of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge. Boaters and kayakers are restricted to a 3-acre beach on the northwest shore of the island from April to August, due to bird nesting season.
Sheffield Island is the second largest, and is located about 1,500 yards from the Norwalk coast. This island is well known for birdwatching and is a great place to see seals. Also protected by the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, much of island is closed to the public to protect bird nesting areas. The Norwalk Seaport Association maintains a 3.5 acre area around the Sheffield Island Light, and offers tours, picnics, clambakes, and sunset cruises.
Today, the Norwalk Islands are popular among Fairfield County residents for kayaking, boating, fishing, swimming, camping, and even bird watching. Additionally, the Maritime Aquarium offers a variety of boat trips to the islands where cruise-goers can learn about Norwalk’s maritime history, waterfowl, harbor seals, and fall foliage.
Kayaking is very popular in and around the Islands, with gentle currents and easy navigation with visible mainland. There are a variety of boat launches and kayak rentals in Norwalk, as well as guided tours available. Though New York City is about 45 miles away, many kayakers will paddle from Manhattan to the Norwalk Islands.
This town offers affordable homes, as well as luxury homes, many of which feature waterfront views. With a variety of vibrant neighborhoods, there is always something to do.
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