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For other boat launches, see the 2011 CT Boaters Guide (www.ct.gov/dep/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.

Fees

There may be a fee per vehicle or combination of a tow vehicle & trailer for parking on:

  • Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from April 1–October 31, at launches marked with an asterisk (*).

Barn Island, Stonington * handicap icon_fishing.psd

 

  • 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. Route 142 left onto Stannard Avenue to Goodsell Point Road.

Connecticut River, Old Saybrook* handicap icon_fishing.psd

 

  • 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. Route 213, south on Goshen Road, launch straight ahead.

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

  • 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* handicap icon_fishing.psd

 

  • 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 Route 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. Route 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. Route 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: 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* handicap icon_fishing.psd

 

  • 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 Route 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. Route 136 to Compo Road, first right to launch.
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