River / Harbor
Quiet inter-coastal river or out to the sound (open
Directions - I-95 to exit 54-Branford. South to RT.
1. Cross Rt 1 - through the
light to the stop sign (library on the left). Take a Rt. proceed to the
light. Left on Monroe St. Thru stop sign, over RR tracks (bridge) to
next stop sign. Left on Harbor to stop sign. Left on Goodsell Point Rd.
Launch site is on the left 200 yards.
Thimble islands - on-street parking - very
congested in the summer - weekdays and evenings are best - a great
Directions - Exit 56 off Rt. 95. Head (south)
toward water. Go straight across at the stop sign, under RR bridge into
Stony Creek. Launch ramp is after small beach on right.
Napatree point, watch hill & Stonington harbor
Directions - I-95 to exit 91 in Stonington. At the
end of the exit ramp, continue straight across on to Rt 234 E. (the road
in front of the ramp). Take your 3rd right (.4 m) on to Farmholme Rd.
and continue until you hit Rt 1. Take a rt. and a left at the light.
Take your first immediate rt. (launch sign) off that to the Barn Island
There’s a large pond and protected bay as well as
two islands right off shore in the Groton Harbor.
(sometimes a gentle offshore breeze)
- I-95 to exit 88 in Groton. Head towards water (south on Rt. 117) to
2nd. light at the junction of Rt. 1. Right on Rt. 1. Left at first light
(Depot Road). Continue on to Bluff Point State Park. Low tide in pond
leading out to Sound is OK but shallow.
A beautiful quiet paddling area 1/2 mile up the CT
river from the launch area.
Directions - From Exit 3 off route 9, go to stop light and go
east on West Avenue in to Essex Center -
to the rotary at the head of Main Street and then go north (left)
on North Main Street for 1 short block and turn right onto Bushnell
Street. Just before entering the Dauntless Boat Yard there is a dirt
road to the left, leading a short distance to the boat launch and
Meadow State Park has no admission fee.
Directions - Northbound on Rt.9,- Exit 7 off Rt. 9
- go to the end. left on 154. 3 miles to Haddam Meadows - watch for
entrance to park on right.
on Rt.9, take exit 10 to southbound Rt. 154 to Haddam -watch for
entrance to park on left.
from East Hampton side of the river - cross bridge at the Goodspeed - 1
mile to junction and a right on154.
Charter Oak bridge - Ct River
Directions- I-91 Northbound - exit 27. When you
come to the traffic light, go straight through onto Murphy Road for
about 1.2 miles to the next light - go straight through onto Reserve
Road for 1/2 mile to Charter Oak Landing which is directly under the
Charter Oak Bridge and is marked by a large masonry arch
- go 0.4 mile to the boat launch and parking.
Mattabesset River into wildlife refuge - head left
Directions - From Rt. 9 south: Bow St exit (12). left on Bow Lane, bear right onto Saybrook Rd.
Continue straight (name changes several times) app. 1 mile, right on
Union St at YMCA, pass under Rt. 9, left on Harbor Dr.
Directions - From Rt 9 north:
DeKoven Dr exit (14). Left
on DeKoven Dr., left on Union St (2 blocks) at Middletown Glass, pass
under Rt. 9, left on Harbor Drive.
Haddam - Goodspeed launch
down river to Gillette's
castle, whale bone creek and
7 off of Route 9. At the end of the mile long exit ramp turn left on to
Route 154. 1/2 mile turn rt. on to route 82. Go over the bridge (CT
River)- Airport and Goodspeed is on the right. Launch is behind the
Goodspeed- before airport.
& Salmon Rivers
The Salmon River is on the right a short distance
from the launch
Directions - Exit 7 off of Route 9. At the end of the
mile long exit ramp turn left on to Route 154. 1/2 mile turn rt. on to
route 82. Go over the bridge. Go left just pass Goodspeed Opera House on
Rt 149 north, 1.1 miles turn left. parking for 40 cars.
| Old Lyme
Inter coastal waterways, Lt. River, Back
hall river & open water to L.I. Sound & CT river
Directions - I-95 to exit 70. go south on
rt. 156 (Shore Road) approx. 2 miles to (boat launch sign on the Rt.)
Smith's Neck Road. Follow it to the end - to the launch ramp. Inland
waterways get shallow at low tide: You can paddle them with
| Old Lyme
Four Mile River
Coastal Paddle Rocky area with islands - you
can go up the small river for about a mile at high tide.
Directions - I-95 to exit 71, go south on
Four Mile River Road (about 0.7 mile) to Rt. 156, turn right, short
distance to the sign for boat launch (Oakridge Drive) to the left, take
next right to the launch area.
Directions - I-95 to
exit 70. go south on rt. 156 (Shore Road) approx. 1 mile there’s a
bridge over the Lt. River. The launch area is to the right and before
The East River runs inland from the launch ramp in
Madison - also access to L.I. Sound.
Directions - Rt. 95 - Exit 59 Goose Lane-Guilford. End of exit head south (towards water)
50 yards to light. Take a left on Rt. 1 - proceed 1 mile under RR
bridge. Continue until you go over a small bridge (Neck river) take your
1st right on Neck Rd. (bear right) Follow Neck Road to the end and
you'll be forced left on to Ridgewood Ave. Continue on to the East River
State Boat Launch.
Guilford launch is town owned. You can buy a pass
from Guilford Town.
Directions - Exit 58 off Rt. 95. Head (south) toward
water on Rt. 77. Take a right and left around the Town Green and
continue on Rt 77 to the end of the Green. Continue Straight ahead on
Whitfield Street to the end where there’s a launch ramp.
Paddle up river, against (almost
current have lunch and back. approx. 1
1/2 -2 hr. each way.
(check water conditions and water level )
Directions -The put-in on the Farmington River at
Weatogue "Silver Bridge" on route 185, is just a couple
hundred yards east of the intersection with routes 10 & 202 (College
the south, get on route 10 anywhere you find convenient (including
interstate 84) and go north through Avon center to the Weatogue section
of Simsbury and turn right onto route 185. Almost immediately cross a
bridge and turn right to the put-in. There is a large Sycamore tree at
the end of the bridge.
West Hartford / Bloomfield area, get onto route 185 (Simsbury Road) and
proceed over Talcott Mountain to Weatogue's "Silver Bridge"
with the large Sycamore tree to the right and the put-in just to the
left of the bridge.
Ct River and / or up the Farmington River on left
I-91 take exit 35B and follow RT 218 east 0.4miles Turn left on
RT 159 south (Windsor Ave) for 0.3 miles
At 3rd signal light turn left onto Barber St. Watch
for boat launch signs.
Dumplings, Bluff Point or towards Thames River New
Avery Point - Take Exit 87
off east- bound I-95 and follow the signs (Rt. 349) to the University of
Connecticut Avery Point Campus. After you pass the campus, Bayberry Lane
is the second right. Look for the boat launch ramp sign.
- Take Rt. 25 north to Brookfield Center. Take a right onto Rt. 133.
Stay On Rt. 133 for about three miles Take a right onto Obtuse Rocks
Road (there will be a boat launch sign) The Road turns into Dingle Brook
Road At the intersection take a right onto Hanover Road. Boat launch
will be on the left.
NOTE: More boaters prefer to use the Rt. 133
launch. Pond Brook is less
hectic and more peaceful. You need to paddle a small stretch of river
before you get to Lake Lillinonah.
Housatonic River - out to LI Sound
Directions - Exit 34
off of I-95. Right at end of exit on Rt 1. Three lights go right on
Naugatuck Ave. 1/2 mile, launch is under I- 95 Bridge.
NOTE: Plan with the
tide. Housatonic can travel at 3-4+ knots at peak (center). Go left out
to the sound and / or inter-coastal marsh paddling. Go right up the
river and or across the river into marshes.
Beautiful 100 acre
scenic fresh water pond.
Directions - Exit 64,
Horse Hill Rd. off I95. Head North on Rt. 145. 4 to 5 miles on right is
State car top boat launch with parking for dozen cars.
Small launch site - out
to sound in nice wildlife area - Avoid Low tide -
too little water. 5 or 6 cars max.
Directions - exit 64
off I95. S.(1/2 block) on Rt. 145 to blinking light. Right turn and
proceed 1/4 mile to put-in on left just before bridge.
Mystic river- you can
go up river quite far or out to LI sound.
Directions - 2 launch
past Mystic Seaport on the right. Take your first right on Isham Street.
Launch is at the end of the street. Street parking is available. Worst
case: Drop off the boat and gear and park in the Mystic Lot which is
Under I-95 Bridge Launch
on I95 --
Take exit 89 and go across Allyn Street onto Sandy Hollow Road
-- when you come to
High Street, go left a short distance to the first right turn onto
Bindloss Ave, following to its end. (side
street with a boat launch sign) --
left turn onto River Road --
continue on River Road and just after you go under I95, the boat
launch is on your right.
Open ocean paddling,
route determined by conditions- Sheffield Island and others. Return
Directions - take Exit
16 off I-95 East Norwalk. Go south on East Ave. .05 mile to small
cemetery on left. Go left at south end of cemetery then make a quick
right on to Gregory Blvd. Follow Gregory through traffic light. Take a
right on Second St. (first street. after the light). Follow to end of
street. Launch on beach at end of street. Park on surrounding streets.
Boat ramp in under the
I-95 bridge on the Saugatuck River in Westport
Directions - From the
North: I-95 South to Exit 18.
Stay right on ramp. Turn left at second light, Greens Farms Road.
Go through two stop signs. Turn left at first light, Rte 136. Go under
thruway and take first right. Boat ramp is past the sewage treatment
Directions - From the
I-95 North to Exit 17. Straight at end of ramp. Through two stop
lights. Turn left at stop light. Turn right at first light - Bridge St.
Turn right at next light - Rte 136. Go under thruway and take first
right. Boat ramp is past the sewage treatment plant.
Small, beautiful lake to paddle, picnic, practice
skills, swim and have fun.
- From Rt-9 -exit 6, 148 south. Take the 1st right after Cedar Lake -
proceed to reservoir.
Directions - From I-95- exit 64, 145 to 80, a right and left
back on 145. Right on 148. Take left before cedar lake - proceed to
Dock Rd. State launch
Good State boat launch West of Harkness Memorial
Park with adequate parking.
- Exit 75 off I-95. South on Rt. 1 for 3.7 mi. to traffic light,
intersection Avery Lane. Right turn and straight 1 3/4 mi. ( road
changes to Great Neck Rd.) to Goshen Road. Right turn and straight 1/2
mi. to launch site.
Thames River/ Poqetanuk Cove
Paddle sports only launch - 6-8 cars max.
- Exit 86 off I-95. Groton, Rt
12 to bridge that crosses the cove. Turn west towards the Thames River
on the last street in Ledyard before the state highway bridge crosses
into Preston. Looks like a private driveway, but is a town-maintained
road that ends at a small paved parking lot serving the boat ramp.