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The early history of Silver Sands State Park in Milford focuses on Charles Island. Captain Kidd is reputed to have buried his treasure on the island in 1699.
An early vision of the park was to create a "Hammonasset" type sand beach backed by parking lots on filled wetlands. Later the master plan sought to return the site to its historic past of interior tidal wetlands separated from the Long Island Sound by sand dunes. In 1960 Silver Sands was designated as a state park.
Today the park offers not only a free beach, but also free parking. Other activities include salt water fishing, swimming and bird watching.