Island Beach, formerly known as Little Captain Island in Greenwich CT is situated in Long Island Sound about two miles south of Greenwich Harbor. As a tenant of Greenwich Shore and a resident of the Town of Greenwich we encourage you to take advantage of the outstanding benefits. It is accessible by private boat and public ferry service.
Island Beach - Greenwich Ct. 06830
As a tenant of Greenwich Shore and a resident of the Town of Greenwich we encourage you to take advantage of the outstanding beaches, historic areas and picnic areas available.
Island Beach formerly known as Little Captain’s Island, is situated in Long Island Sound about two miles south of Greenwich Harbor. Access is by ferry from the landing at Roger Sherman Baldwin Park off Arch Street in central Greenwich. Parking is available across Arch St.. The ferry runs from the second Saturday in June through September 15.
One of the Town’s oldest public parks, the island was purchased by the Lauder Family and given to the town in 1918 as a memorial to George Lauder, Jr.
A remnant of terminal moraine formed by the last glacier about 12,000 years ago, the island lies about 3,500 feet due east of the larger Great Captain’s Island, and is connected by a 600-foot long tombolo, or intertidal sand bar, to Wee Captain’s Island, a privately-owned half-acre island off its easterly side. Other natural features include spartina marshes on the south side, and some mud flats at low tide, which can be used for nature study. Wildlife is somewhat limited, with Herring Gulls predominating and occasional migratory shore birds visiting.
The island boasts almost 1,000 feet of fine sandy beach on its northern and eastern perimeters. There are designated swimming and boating areas and a lifeguard. On the island itself are picnic tables, grills, snack bar, covered shelters, (one formerly a carousel), dressing rooms and restrooms. With refreshing breezes to be captured from all directions, Island Beach offers an ideal retreat from summer’s heat. It is one of the Town’s most treasured facilities.
Island Beach Visitor Information:
Location: South Arch Street ferry area, 3,500 ft. from Great Captains’ Island
Directions: Left onto Soundview Dr. to Arch St. turn Right go under Railroad Bridge and I-95 bridge, after traffic light make right turn into parking area for Island Beach.
Size: 1.47 Acres (dock area), 4 acres -island
Hr. of Operation: In summer (as Ferry scheduled)(from 2nd Sat June thru Sept 15th)
Parking: Lot Parking Arch St. lot