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Big Meadows is a marshy inlet of the long Island Sound right between Stratford and Bridgeport CT. about a mile from the old pleasure beach which is now a burnt out hollow shell of what was once a beautiful vacation spot with homes and amusement park rides in the 1950's.
You can see video on you tube if you search Pleasure Beach, Bridgeport, CT. A lot of the homes and structures are now gone due to kids lighting them on fire.
The part we were in is really calm; like a lake with lots of marshy areas with little "trails" or cut offs going through the tall grass. Lots of birds: Plovers, Egrets, Great Blue Heron and Gulls, Sand crabs galore on the banks and not very many flies or bugs. Be sure to go during high tide so more of the area is accessible for paddling.
The area is right off of Stratford's "Long Beach".
From the West:
Take I-95 North to exit 30. Take the ramp to Sikorsky Memorial Airport. Turn slight right onto Lordship Boulevard, follow for 0.9 miles. Turn right to stay on Lordship Boulevard, continue on Lordship Boulevard for 1.2 miles. Turn right onto Oak Bluff Avenue. At the foot of Oak Bluff Avenue, enter the beach access and parking area.
If you go, park as close to the end of the lot as you can, to get to the put in site, go over the boulders blocking the parking lot / road to pleasure beach, go up maybe 20 feet, go right and straight down to the water!
PFD's (Life Jackets)
YakCatcher Rod Holder