During the 1800’s, Dewitt Clinton Terry lived on and farmed a large portion of the island. Terry was a member of a religious sect that believed the world was going to end on specific dates.
More than once, the Millerites, as they were known, gathered on the island for the anticipated final day, only to see it come and go without incident. There is still evidence of his farmhouse, barns and stone walls that can be found throughout the island.
An additional 60 acres of RRR-owned land on the Enfield side of the river provides wildlife habitat and boat access. The Kings Island boat launch is located off Parson’s Road.
Across the Connecticut River from the boat launch is the Windsor Locks Canal State Park Trail, in Suffield. The west side of Kings Island is visible from this trail.
- Access: Parking area at the Kings Island boat launch off Parson Road in Enfield.
- Location: Enfield, Conn.
- Size: 180 acres
- Recreation: Canoeing/Kayaking, Boat Launch, Waterfowl hunting (permit only), Nature photography, Connecticut River views, Informal riparian fishermen's trails.
- Features: Mile-long forested island, Boat-launch on Enfield riverbank, Waterfowl hunting.
- Wildlife: Bald Eagles, Hawks, Ducks, Geese, Fish.
How to Get There
Take Exit 46 off I-91, go north on Route 5 for about a quarter-mile, then bear left onto Old King Street. Parson’s Road will be on the left after another 0.3 miles. The boat launch is about a half-mile down and across the train tracks.