Connecticut

Griswold Point Preserve


Thank you for your interest in The Nature Conservancy’s Griswold Point Preserve. Due to plover nesting season, Griswold Point is closed to public visitation. Please contact us at CT@TNC.org for more information.

Why You Should Visit
At the mouth of the 410-mile Connecticut River, this wind-swept barrier beach affords a unique perspective on the river’s estuary and Long Island Sound.

Location
Old Lyme

Size
25 acres, including upland areas.

Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
This important area was protected beginning in 1974 in a series of bargain sales involving four landowners, one of whom, Dr. Matthew Griswold of Old Lyme, donated his interest in the land to the Conservancy. In addition to being an exemplary barrier beach, Griswold Point is nesting habitat for the federally threatened piping plover and the least tern, which is threatened in Connecticut.

What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
Conservancy staff and volunteers monitor the populations of least terns and piping plovers at this and two other beaches in Connecticut in coordination with the state Department of Environmental Protection.

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