Norwalk Harbor

Norwalk River Watershed Association

The Norwalk River enters Long Island Sound at Veteran’s Park in South Norwalk, 40 miles northeast of Manhattan.  At the river’s mouth is a tidal estuary and harbor used by hundreds of pleasure and fishing boats.  Marine life is abundant, and oyster fishing has been an important activity going back to pre-colonial times.

Educational tours of the harbor are offered by the Maritime Aquarium, and an annual Oyster Festival is sponsored by the Norwalk Seaport Association.   One mile offshore is a chain of islands which serve as a wildlife refuge and, in specific areas, as a popular destination for boaters.  One particular attraction is the historic Sheffield lighthouse.