During regular hours, a vehicle parking fee is required to enter most of the state parks. Parking fees are collected from 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays, and 8 a.m.–6:30 p.m. during the week except at state parks marked with an asterisk. For more information please see the coastal state parks website.
* Parking Fees subject to change.
Night Fishing Rules
Anglers entering a park by vehicle must obtain a vehicle permit in order to park and fish. No vehicle will be admitted into the day-use area of the park from 6:30 a.m.–8 a.m. Individuals entering the park without a vehicle do not require a permit, but must possess fishing tackle (rod & reel, bait, light, etc.) and engage in fishing.
Bluff Point State Park & Coastal Reserve, Groton
Fishing is allowed 24 hrs.
Fort Trumbull State Park, New London
Fishing access (handicapped accessible), 24 hour pedestrian access from Riverfront Walk to Fishing Pier on the Thames River.
Ferry Landing State Park, Old Lyme
Fishing access (handicapped accessible) consists of a fenced bulkhead area and a fishing/crabbing boardwalk. Parking is available inside the park after hours for fishing/crabbing only.
Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison
Fishing is allowed only at the Meigs Point Jetty (south end) and at West Beach Jetty during the peak season from 8 a.m. to sunset. Night fishing is permitted along the entire beach (2 miles). The entire beach (2 miles) is not open to night fishing during the off-season (October–May).
Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford
Fishing is allowed along the beach. No swimming allowed.
Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic
Fishing is allowed on the jetty year round. The entire beach and jetty is open to fishing during the off-season. Jetty located on right side of beach. Please note: When no night rangers are on staff and on major holiday weekends, no vehicles are permitted in park for night fishing.
Sherwood Island State Park, Westport
Fishing is allowed at Sherwood Point, East and West Jetty during the open season (April 15–Sept. 30). The entire beach is open to fishing during the off-season from 8 a.m. to sunset only.
Silver Sands State Park After Hours Fishing Parking/Charles Island, Milford
Fishing is open throughout the area including the sand spit which extends about a mile from the mainland to Charles Island. Caution is advised when fishing or walking the tombolo. Swift tidal currents during a flood tide can make passage dangerous and persons unfamiliar with the area may be stranded on Charles Island until low tide.
Shoreline Fishing & Property Rights
A Message from the Department of Energy & Environmental Protection’s Office of Long Island Sound Programs
Connecticut’s intertidal shore belongs to the people. Under the common law public trust doctrine, the public may freely use land and waters waterward of the mean high water line to fish. The public trust area includes beaches, rocky shores and open waters along tidal and navigable waters. Fishing in the public trust area is not trespassing; the DEEP encourages anglers to enjoy their rights to use the public trust lands for fishing. However, anglers should also respect the rights of adjacent landowners by not crossing private property without permission and by leaving the shoreline clean and litter free.
Call the Office of Long Island Sound Programs for more information at
Regulations in red are new this year.
Purple text indicates an important note.