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Fishing Regulations Connecticut Freshwater Fishing

For other boat launches, see the 2016 CT Boaters Guide (www.ct.gov/deep/boating) and the CT Coastal Access Guide (www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/index.asp). Call 860-424-3034 or e-mail coastal.access@ct.gov for questions or additional information.

Barn Island, Stonington

  • Parking: 60 cars with trailers.
  • Toilets: Chemical, seasonal.
  • Conditions: Large ramp with floating dock.
  • Use: Heavy use on weekends.
  • Access: I-95, Exit 91. South to N. Main Street to Rte. 1. Greenhaven Road to Palmer Neck Road, follow to end.

Bayberry Lane, Groton

  • Parking: 30 cars with trailers.
  • Toilets: Chemical, seasonal.
  • Conditions: Steep ramp, shallow at low tide.
  • Use: Heavy use on weekends.
  • Access: I-95, Exit 87. Rte. 349 becomes Shennecossett Road, left onto Bayberry Lane.

Branford River, Branford

  • Parking: 50 cars with trailers.
  • Toilets: Chemical, seasonal.
  • Conditions: Steep ramp, shallow at low tide.
  • Use: Low use.
  • Access: I-95, Exit 53. Rte. 142 left onto Stannard Avenue to Goodsell Point Road.

Connecticut River, Old Saybrook

  • Parking: 75 cars with trailers.
  • Toilets: Chemical, year round.
  • Conditions: Large ramp with floating dock.
  • Use: Heavy use on weekends.
  • Access: Exit 1 off Rte. 9 North. End of ramp turn right. Located under Baldwin Bridge, (I-95) off Ferry Road.

Dock Road, Waterford

  • Parking: 45 cars with trailers.
  • Toilets: Chemical, seasonal.
  • Conditions: Ramp is steep and narrow; Launching may be difficult during strong southwesterly winds.
  • Use: Moderate use on weekends.
  • Access: I-95, Exit 74. Rte. 213, south on Goshen Road, launch straight ahead.

Thames River (Kenneth E. Streeter Boat Launch), Groton

  • Parking: 25 cars with trailers.
  • Toilets: Chemical, seasonal.
  • Conditions: Launching may be difficult during strong northwesterly winds.
  • Use: Moderate use on weekends.
  • Access: I-95 North, Exit 85, bear right onto Bridge Street, next right onto Fairview Avenue, launch on left.

Thames River, New London

  • Parking: 50 cars with trailers.
  • Toilets: Chemical, seasonal.
  • Conditions: Good launching conditions.
  • Use: Moderate use on weekends.
  • Access: I-95 North, Exit 84, left onto Williams Street. Turn east onto State Pier Road, launch at end, under I-95, Goldstar Bridge.

East River, Guilford/Madison

  • Parking: 25 cars with trailers.
  • Toilets: Chemical, seasonal.
  • Conditions: Concrete planks.
  • Use: Moderate use on weekends.
  • Access: I-95, Exit 59. Located on east side of East River. Take Rte. 1 onto Neck Road and follow to end.

Four Mile River, South Lyme

  • Parking: 55 cars with trailers.
  • Toilets: Chemical, seasonal.
  • Conditions: Shallow launching area; low railroad bridge clearance.
  • Use: Low use.
  • Access: I-95, Exit 71. Rte. 156, east on Oakridge Drive, first right to launch area.

Great Island, Old Lyme

  • Parking: 35 cars with trailers.
  • Toilets: Chemical, seasonal.
  • Conditions: Shallow at low tide.
  • Use: Heavy use on weekends.
  • Access: I-95, Exit 70. Rte. 156 east, south to end of Smith Neck Road and Great Island Wildlife Area.

Housatonic River, Milford/Devon

>> Closed due to bridge construction. <<

Lighthouse Point City Park,
New Haven—$$

Parking Pass Fees — Summer Season

New Haven Registered Vehicles

No charge

Non-Resident Vehicles

$20/day, $100/season

Out-of-State

$30/day, no seasonal

Charter buses (weekdays only)

$100

Boat Launch Pass Fees

Resident Vessel

$30 Season Pass

Non-Resident Vessel

$130 Season Pass

  • Parking: 60 cars with trailers.
  • Toilets: Flush facilities in park.
  • Conditions: Launching may be difficult during strong northwesterly winds.
  • Use: Heavy use on weekends.
  • Access: I-95, Exit 51 going south. Go south on Townsend Avenue, right onto Lighthouse Road to park. Operated by the City of New Haven.

Niantic River, Waterford

  • Parking: 100 cars with trailers.
  • Toilets: Chemical, year round.
  • Conditions: Large ramp with floating dock.
  • Use: Heavy use on weekends.
  • Access: I-95, Exit 74. ¼ mile northeast of
    Rte. 156 bridge across Niantic River.

Saugatuck River, Westport

  • Parking: 25 cars with trailers.
  • Toilets: Chemical, seasonal.
  • Conditions: Shallow launching conditions at low tide.
  • Use: Heavy use on weekends.
  • Access: I-95, Exit 17 east side of river. Rte. 136 to Compo Road, first right to launch.