Access Point: Sheffield Island Ferry (132 Water Street)
Additional Information: http://www.seaport.org/page-872480
The entire shoreline is strewn with rocks and boulders. Many bird species nest on the island. Sheffield is also one of the best places to see seals. The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk organizes boat trips circling the islands, including a cruise to see the fall foliage and a winter cruise to see harbor seals and waterfowl. Part of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, the island is controlled by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which closes it to the public most of the year in order to protect the bird nesting areas, The public is usually restricted to the 3.5 acres (1.4 ha) around the Sheffield Island Light, which the Norwalk Seaport Association maintains, although a 2,000-yard (1,800 m) trail has been created to allow the public controlled access. In the summer, the association arranges tours for people to visit the lighthouse and picnic there. There is a ferry to Sheffield Island that leaves from the Maritime Aquarium. Cost is about $18 - $22 per adult for a round trip. Ferry ride is about 45 minutes and you are allowed to stay on the island for about 1.5 hours max. Reservations may be required for the ferry. Inquire ahead of time to make sure all facilities are available. See website for more details.