Great Captain's Island

The island has been preserved in its natural state with many different speciies of birds. Visible across the lagoon in June and July are large colonies of nesting egrets and herons. Near the handsome lighthouse, you can spot an osprey nesting platform.

Don't miss the sight of the giant boulders below the lighthouse, a highly visable reminder of the glacier's power to move and shape the Connecticut shoreline. A trail system has been laid out to afford sanctuary for wildlife as well as to permit visitors to enjoy scenic vistas of the Long Island Sound.

The western portion of the island is reserved for active recreation with swimming permitted in posted area, picnic tables, grills and restrooms.For over a century this picturesque island with its crescent shape beaches located about a mile off the Greenwich shore was vigorously claimed by both New York and Connecticut. In 1879, the dispute finally resolved with the island was now under Connecticut's jurisdiction.

Access to the island is by private boat and public ferry. Ferry service varies with the tide.  During the summer months, there is a ferry service from the landing at Roger Sherman Park (off Arch St.). Parking available at the Island Beach lot across from Arch Street.

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Arch Street Ferry Dock
Greenwich, CT 06830
United States

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