Wednesday, May 22, 2024


Cockenoe Island Ready for Campers July 8

Cockenoe Island will reopen to the public for camping on July 8, Conservation Director Alicia Mozian announced today

She said the scheduled opening is the result of many people volunteering “time and energy” picking up trash and debris that accumulated from majors storms, as well as cutting and raking and moving rocks and sand to clear areas for tents.

Volunteers also worked to rebuild fire pits that had been washed away, she said.

“People really love this island, and all were anxious to get it cleaned up and ready to go for another camping season,” said Mozian.

She said that as a reward volunteers will be given the opportunity to claim a campsite first before it is open for reservations to the general public. 

Mozian stressed, however, that the island is and always has been open for anyone to enjoy during the day.

Mozian noted that this spring has been a very successful year for the threatened and endangered species that nest on the island’s westerly spit. 

She asked that those visiting stay away from the spit on the western side of the island as best they can so as not to disturb the eggs or fledgling birds. She said volunteers from Connecticut Audubon and the National Fish and Wildlife Service may be on hand from time to time to monitory the birds.

Those interested in camping after July 8 can go to the Westport Conservation Department’s website at  Applications can be downloaded, completed and brought to the Conservation Department at Town Hall. Camping is $20 per night per site.

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