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9. Cockenoe Island

Less than a mile from the shoreline it has been reported that Cockenoe Island whose name is pronounced "kah-KEE-nee" is now the largest home for birds, in this island chain. As a matter of fact, out of all the islands in this area, Cockenoe Island's 27 acres has the highest concentration of  bird rookeries.  Herons, egrets and black cormorants can be seen on Cockenoe.  This scenic island known for birds and wildlife, crabbing, shell fishing, and trails, is an ideal spot for camping and picnics.

Cockenoe Island is located off Seymour Point in Westport and only accessible by boat. There is a boat launch ramp at Compo Beach and Marina and Saugatuck River State Boat Launch in Westport.

Directions:

Compo Beach and Marina:

From the East: Take I-95 South to exit 18 to Sherwood Island State Park and continue 0.16 miles. Take the ramp to US-1/Westport and continue 0.09 miles. Take Sherwood Island Connector/Route 476 North and continue 0.19 miles. Turn left onto Greens Farms Road and continue 1.65 miles. Turn left onto Compo Road South and continue 0.88 miles. Turn slight right onto Compo Beach Road.

From the West: Take I-95 North. Take the Route 136 exit 17 to Route 33/Westport/Saugatuck and continue 0.27 miles. Turn slight left onto Saugatuck Avenue/Route 136. Continue to follow Route 136 for 0.37 miles. Turn right onto Bridge Street/Route 136 and continue 0.50 miles. Turn right onto Compo Road South for 0.88 miles. Turn slight right onto Compo Beach Road.

Saugatuck River State Boat Launch:

From the East: Take I-95 South. Take exit 18 to Sherwood Island State Park and continue 0.16 miles. Take the ramp to US-1/Westport and continue 0.09 miles. Continue onto Sherwood Island Connector/Route 476 North 0.19 miles. Turn left onto Greens Farms Road that becomes Bridge Street/Route 136. Turn / south onto Underhill Parkway to boat launch.

From the West: Take I-95 North. Take the Route 136 exit 17 to Route 33/Westport/Saugatuck and continue 0.27 miles. Turn slight left onto Saugatuck Avenue/Route 136. Continue to follow Route 136. 0.37 miles. Turn right onto Bridge Street/Route 136 and continue 0.50 miles. Turn right / south onto Underhill Parkway to boat launch.

Camping Permits

The island is owned by the town of Westport.  Any person wishing to camp on the Island between May 15 and October 15 of any year must receive a camping permit from the Westport Conservation Department. Camping permits are limited to 4 parties per night can be obtained from the Westport Conservation Commission. Occupancy of each campsite is limited to no more than five people and two tents. Camping permits may be issued for a period of up to seven days.  A period of fourteen days must pass before a permit may be reissued to the same individual or group. There is a camping fee.  For more information regarding a permit call Phone 203-341-1170.