directions

Launch from Calf Pasture Beach Park exit 16 off of I-95. The Park has plenty of parking, rest rooms, food service and a boat launch dedicated to paddleboats, that is in direct view of the Norwalk Islands. There is an entrance fee during the beach season.

A one-mile paddle directly south will bring you to the islands. Paddlers will find several islands open to the public for camping, exploring and picnics. Continuing your exploration of Long Island Sound you will pass several historic lighthouses including the Sheffield Island Lighthouse on the western end of Sheffield Island that you can actually tour.

As you paddle the Sound you will see an interesting variety of wildlife.  This is a paradise for bird lovers as the islands offer refuge for many species of nesting, wading and diving birds that includes an abundance of osprey. Harbor seals from Maine and Canada  can be seen frolicking in  Long Island Sound during the fall and winter months. And for ambitious paddlers, it's over 9 nautical miles to circumvent all of the Norwalk Islands.

For coastal paddling, paddle east toward Westport and visit the marsh around the golf course, or paddle west and up the Norwalk Harbor and river, or paddle further west toward Rowayton's Bell Island, the Five Mile River and the coast of Darien, where you can explore all kinds of nooks and crannies in Darien's coves.