Kayak Tour to Historic Cockenoe Island

Saturday, August 18, 1-3:30 pm
$20, Members: $18 , Raindate: August 19
Meet at: Longshore Sailing School, Longshore Park, Westport
Kayak rentals available from Longshore Sailing School, Call  203-226-4646

Join us for our 3rd annual kayak tour to Cockenoe Island, a 28 acre island one mile off the coast of Westport. The tour will be led by David Park, board member of the Norwalk River Watershed Association and author of the guidebook “Kayaking in and around the Norwalk Islands.” This year, the tour is being offered in conjunction with the Westport Historical Society’s current exhibit “The Sound and the Saugatuck” which runs through September 1st.

Cockenoe Island is open to the public thanks to the hundreds of Westport residents and town officials who  fought against the proposed construction of a nuclear power plant back in 1967. The plan was brought forward by the United Illuminating Company who had purchased the island a year earlier from the Smith family, the owners of the island at the time. After the plan was defeated, the town of Westport purchased the island as open space and it is now enjoyed by all types of recreational users and nature enthusiasts. The acquisition was heralded as a significant conservation victory for the nation by Life Magazine.

The tour group will land on the island for a stroll and hear about how the Saugatuck River watershed effects the water quality of Long Island Sound and wildlife of the Norwalk Islands. Cockenoe Island is of particular interest because of the current conservation efforts and successful nesting colonies of egrets, herons and terns.

Intermediate level kayak ability is required.

Copies of “Kayaking in and around the Norwalk Islands” are available for $10 at the WHS Remarkable Gift Shop, 25 Avery Place in downtown Westport.