All available spots on the ferry have been reserved. We are no longer able to accept reservations. Thank you!
Thanks to the continued support of our members and the dedication of the Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife manager Rick Potvin and his staff with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, we are once again able to host an Open House on Faulkner’s Island. The following schedule will be available for booking after August 17th. There will be 20 passengers on each trip on the ferry.
Tuesday September 8th: 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday September 9th: 5:00 p.m.
Thursday September 10th: 5:00 p.m.
Saturday September 12th: 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Reservations must be made in advance.Reservations can only be made on-line through our email address firstname.lastname@example.org. You must be able to provide a cell phone number at the time of your reservation since weather conditions may change within a short period of time and for safety reasons, a trip will be cancelled within a very short notification time period. To insure the proper fit of PFD’s, children under the age of 8 years old will not be allowed on the ferry.
Sunday September 13th: NO FERRY TRANSPORTION FROM THE MAINLAND TO THE ISLAND, A WATER TAXI WILL TRANSPORT BOATERS THAT ANCHOR WEST OF THE ISLAND FROM THE HOURS OF NOON UNTIL 4:00 P.M.
NO PRIVATE VESSELS WILL BE ALLOWED INTO THE ISLAND BASIN AT ANY TIME! Persons with kayaks, canoes, or dinghies will be allowed to secure their crafts on the beach area just north of the basin.
Read the great article and see the pictures published September 4 in the Hartford Courant.
Link to the photo gallery: http://galleries.courant.com/gallery/hc-faulkners-island-20140908
Thanks to the good weather, the US Fish & Wildlife ferry crew and staff, and the Faulkner’s Light Brigade volunteers and staff, the two July trips and eight trips in September resulted in 200 visitors having a chance to explore the island. 160 of the visitors were able to climb up the lighthouse. In addition, one hundred plus folks arrived on private vessels for their visit, making this one of our most successful Open House seasons. Thank you to all for all your hard work!
Weather permitting and with reasonably calm seas, Faulkner’s Light Brigade and US Fish & Wildlife Service is offering ferry trips out to Faulkner’s Island on Tuesday September 2nd, Wednesday September 3rd, Thursday September 4th at 5:00 p.m. and on Saturday September 6th at 9:00 a.m. and 1:oo p.m. Visitors will have an hour on the island and will have an opportunity to go up in the lighthouse. For safety reasons, no children under 8 years with be allowed on these trips. There will be no charge, but we hope that visitors will make a “good will offering” either on the island or at the registration tent. All proceeds will be used for maintenance of the historic lighthouse. Reservations for the ferry must be made through our email address at email@example.com. Passengers should supply a cell phone number, as cancellation of each trip may be done on short notice due to weather and/or sea conditions.
The island will be open to private vessels on Saturday September 6th. Please anchor west of the island. A water taxi will be available from 10:00 a.m. till 3:00 p.m. No private vessels will be allowed in the boat basin. Dingy, small launch, and kayaks can land on the beach north of the basin. [Read more…]