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Connecticut boat ramps give lots of access to lakes and Long Island Sound

 2boatramp Where you find fishing locations in Connecticut – in the salt waters of Long Island Sound or in fresh-water lakes or ponds -- you are likely also to find well-maintained boat ramps providing easy access to the anglers’ sport. State parks, for instance, manage boat ramps with well-defined seasons and accessibility.

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Watertown Road (Route 6) Thomaston, CT Phone: 860-283-8088

Camping, trout fishing, water sports, picnicking

All water sports are done at this park, including trout fishing. Lake has a boat ramp. See full description of Black Rock State Park.

Green Falls Reservoir Boat Launch

Location: Route 138, take access road south to Green Falls State Park. Follow signs to launch. Car Top/Carry-In. Open from the Friday before the third Saturday in April through December 30. No docks or toilets. Parking for 6 vehicles. Gravel road access, gravel ramp. No disability access.

Lake Zoar Boat Launch

Location: I-84, Exit 14, go south on Lakeside Road, turn right on Lee Farm Drive to Scout Road. Launch is at the end of Scout Road. Trailered. Open year round. Seasonal floating wood dock and toilets. Access road paved, concrete slab ramp. Parking for 60 vehicles. Disability access.

Holbrook Pond Boat Launch

Location: Access road east off Route 85, 0.7 miles north of junction with Route 66 in Hebron. Trailered. Open year round. Parking for 50 vehicles. Recycled road access, paved ramp. Shallow launch conditions..No disability access.

Bluff Point Boat Launch

Location: Route 1, south on Depot Road, go under train trestle at the end. Launch is at the end of the road to the west of the park entrance. Car Top/Carry-In. Open year round. No docks. Compost toilets. Access road is gravel. Parking lots are dirt. 40 spaces. Ramp is dirt. No disability access.

929 Hopeville Road Griswold, CT Phone: 860-376-2920

Freshwater swimming, fishing in Hopeville Pond. Campground in woods.

A boat launch is open at this park on a large freshwater pond. See full description of Hopeville Pond State Park.

Branford River Boat Launch

Location: Turn south off Route 1 onto Route 142 (Short Beach Road), then left on Stannard Avenue to Goodsell Point Road. Trailered. Open year round. Dock is fixed wood. Chemical toilets in season. Access road and parking lot are gravel. 50 parking spaces. No disability access.

Kings Island Boat Launch (Connecticut River)

Location: One mile northwest of junction of U.S. 5 and I-91. West on Bridge Lane to Parson Road. Launch is on the right.Trailered. Open year round. 20 parking spaces. Paved access road, concrete plank ramp. Seasonal chemical toilets. No disability access. Crowded during shad season. Launch is jointly owned and operated by DEP and Northeast Utilities.

Niantic River Boat Launch

Location: Located approximately 0.25 mile northeast of Route 156 bridge across Niantic River in Waterford. Trailered. Open year round. Dock is floating wood. Chemical toilets year round. Access road and parking lot are paved. 100 spaces. Concrete slab ramp. Disability access.

Saugatuck River Boat Launch

Location: Under I-95 on the east side of river. Route 136 to Compo Road, take first right to launch. Trailered. Open year round. No docks. Chemical toilets in season. Access road and parking lot are paved. Concrete slab ramp. No disability access.

Off Old Willimantic Road Mansfield, CT Phone:

Boating and fishing are allowed here; boat ramp provided. Swimming is prohibited

A boat ramp at the lake/reservoir makes it easy to reach for boating and fishing. Swimming is not allowed in this reservoir / lake.
See full description of Mansfield Lake Park.

Rainbow Reservoir Boat Launch

Location: Route 75, west on Rainbow Road, left on Merriman Road. Launch is on the left. Trailered. Open year round. 15 parking spaces. Paved access road, concrete slab ramp. No disability access.

Lieutenant River Boat Launch

Location: Located on the west side of Route 156, south of Ferry Road. Car Top/Carry-In. Open year round. No docks. Chemical toilets in season. Access road is paved. Parking lot is dirt. 3 spaces. Ramp surface is dirt. No disability access.

Lake Housatonic Boat Launch

Location: Indian Well State Park on the western side of the lake, 2.5 miles northwest of Shelton, off Route 110. Trailered. Open April through September. Seasonal floating wood dock. Seasonal chemical toilets. Parking for 45 vehicles. Concrete plank ramp. No special disability regulations. Information: 203-735-4311.

Stoddard Hill Boat Launch

Location: In Stoddard Hill State Park. West side of Route 12 in Ledyard. East side of Thames River. Car Top/Carry-In. Open year round. No docks or toilets. Paved access road, recycled pavement ramp. No disability access.

Bissell Bridge Boat Launch (Connecticut River)

Location: Just south of the Windsor/South Windsor (Bissell Bridge) in Wilson. Turn east off Route 159 onto East Barber Street. Launch is at the end. Trailered. Open year round. 18 parking spaces. Paved road access, concrete slab ramp. Seasonal chemical toilets. No disability access.

Howe Avenue Shelton, CT Phone: 203-735-4311

Sweet riverside park for water sports and picnicking. Easy walking trails along the river.

A boat ramp is available April through September at this pretty park in the woods along the Housatonic River. See full description of Indian Well State Park

Dock Road Boat Launch

Location: Located on Jordan Cove at Pleasure Beach. Route 213, south on Goshen Road, launch is straight ahead. Trailered. Open year round. No dock. Chemical toilets year round. Paved access road. Gravel parking lot. 45 spaces. Concrete slab ramp. Disability access. Very crowded on weekends.

Squantz Pond Boat Launch

Location: Located west off Route 39 in Squantz Pond State Park. Trailered. Open Year round. No docks. Pit toilets. Access road and parking lot are paved. 25 parking spaces. Concrete slab ramp. No disability access.

Great Island Boat Launch

Location: Route 156, south to end of Smith Neck Road and Great Island Wildlife Area. Trailered. Open year round. No docks. Chemical toilets in season. Access road is paved. Parking lot is gravel. 35 spaces. Paved ramp. No disability access. Shallow at low tide.

Large forested park with lots of hiking trails; water sports at one lake and 3 ponds

Boat ramps are provided on Mashapaug Lake and Bigelow, Breakneck, and Griggs ponds, all within this 9,000-acre forested state park and forest.
See full description of Bigelow Hollow State Park and Nipmuck State Forest.

Lake Lillinonah Boat Launch

Location: Route 133, go south on Obtuse Rock Road just before the bridge in Brookfield. Road changes to Dinglebrook Lane in Newtown. Launch is next left after passing Hanover Road. Trailered. Open year round. Dirt parking lot, paved access road. Parking lot 60 vehicles. Ramp paved. Chemical toilets. No Disability access.

Wyassup Lake Boat Launch

Location: Route 2, north on Wyassup Lake Road. Launch is on the right. Trailered. Open year round. Seasonal chemical toilets. Parking for 8 vehicles. Paved road access, concrete plank ramp. No disability access.

Depot Road, off US Route 1 Groton, CT Phone: 860-444-7591

Walking in wooded peninsula and along rocky coast; seabird watching; shell fishing allowed

The boat launch at this coastal reserve is for car top and carry-in vessels. It is open year-round. Parking on dirt lot for 40 vehicles. Access road is gravel and the ramp is dirt. Boat launch.

Haddam Meadows Boat Launch (Connecticut River)

In Haddam Meadows State Park, east off Route 154. Bear right after entering State Park. Launch at the end of the road. Trailered. Open year round. Seasonal floating wood dock and chemical toilets. Parking for 100 vehicles. Recycled pavement access road, concrete plank ramp. Disability access.

Pachaug Pond Boat Launch

Location: At north end of pond, south off Route 138.Year round. No docks. Seasonal chemical toilets. Parking for 40 vehicles. Paved/Gravel road access, concrete slab ramp. No disability access.

Baldwin Bridge Boat Launch (Connecticut River)

Location: Route 9 south, take exit 2 and turn left. Take the first right onto Ferry Road. Route 2 north, take exit 1 and turn right onto Ferry Road. Launch is at the end of Ferry Road under the bridge. Trailered and Car Top/Carry-In. Open year round. Docks are floating and fixed wood. Open year round. Chemical toilets in season. Access road and parking lot are paved. 70 spaces. Concrete slab ramp. Disabled access. Fishing pier located on site.

Lake McDonough Park

Route 219 Barkhamsted, CT, 06063 Phone: 860-379-3036

Water sports and a boat launch; Braille-marked walking trail

Boat ramps are available at this small, easy-to-reach, day use park. All water sports are welcome. Boat rentals are $5 per hour. Boating and shore fishing: late April- Labor Day. Fishing allowed through November.
See full description of Lake McDonough Park.

Quaddick Reservoir Boat Launch

Location: In Quaddick State Park, 4 miles north of East Putnam and Route 44. Paved access road and ramp. 6 parking spaces. Seasonal pit toilet, No disability access.

Mamanasco Lake Boat Launch

At south end of lake. Route 116, turn south onto Mamanasco Road, launch is on the left. Trailered. Open Year round. No docks or toilets. Paved access road and ramp. Parking spaces for 10 vehicles. No disability access.

Waramaug Lake Boat Launch

Location: In Waramaug State Park. Route 45, west on Lake Road to North Shore Road. Approximately 150 foot carry to water. Car Top/Carry-In. Open year round. 15 parking spaces. Paved road access, dirt ramp. No disability access.

Salmon River Boat Launch (Connecticut River)

Location: At the mouth of Salmon River off Route 149, 1.5 miles north of the junction with Route 82. Trailered. Open year round. Seasonal floating wood dock and chemical toilets. Parking for 60 vehicles. Paved access road, concrete slab ramp. Access is flooded during spring months. Disability access.

Candlewood Lake (Lattins Cove) Boat Launch

Location: Lattins Cove. I-84 to Route 7 north; take Federal Road exit; north on Candlewood Lake Road, left onto Nabby Road. After 0.75 miles, take left onto Forty Acres Road, launch is on the right. Trailered. Open year round. 100 parking spaces. Paved access, concrete slab ramp. Chemical toilet in season. No disability access.

Rogers Lake Boat Launch

Location: Turn north off Route 1 onto Grassy Hill Road and travel approximately 1 mile. Launch is on the left. Trailered. Open year round. No docks. Seasonal chemical toilets. Paved access road, concrete plank ramp. No disability access.

Bashan Lake Boat Launch

Location: East off Route 82, onto Mount Parnassus Road or Millington Road, left onto Ballahack Road, go about 0.9 miles on dirt road to access area. Trailered. Open year round. No docks. Dirt access road, gravel ramp. 10 parking spaces. No disability access.

Route 49 Voluntown, CT Phone: 860-376-4075

Large state forest covers all basics, camping, hiking, water sports, horseback riding, snowmobiling

Boat ramps are available at Beachdale Pond. There also is a fishing platform that can be used by people in wheelchairs. Stocked trout. Forest map. See full description of Pachaug State Forest.

Pine Acres Lake Boat Launch

Location: Route 6, north on Potter Road, into Goodwin State Forest. Launch is on the right. Trailered. Open year round. Recycled pavement road access, paved ramp. Parking for 15 vehicles. No disability access.

Lake of Isles Boat Launch

Location: East off Route 2, north on Watson Road onto Lake of Isles Road. Trailered. Open year round. Parking for 10 vehicles. Gravel road access, concrete slab ramp. Fixed wood dock. Seasonal chemical toilet. Disability access.

Quonnipaug Lake Boat Launch

Location: At north end of lake just east off Route 77. Trailered. Open year round. Paved road access and ramp. Seasonal chemical toilets. Parking for 8 vehicles. No disability access.

Crystal Lake Boat Launch

Location: Just off Route 30 on west side of lake. Trailered. Open year round. 7 parking spaces. Paved road access, concrete plank ramp. Seasonal chemical toilets. No disability access.

Mystic River Boat Launch

Location: I-95, exit 89. Go south on Allen Street, then take your first left onto Sandy Hollow Road. At the end, turn left onto High Street. Take next right onto Bindloss Road and at the end turn left onto River Road. Launch is on the right on the west bank of the Mystic River, just north of I-95. Car Top/Carry-In. Open year round. No docks. No toilets. Access road and parking lot are dirt. 8 spaces. Ramp is dirt. No disability access.

East River Boat Launch

Location: Located on the east bank of the East River. Route 1, south on Neck Road approximately 2 miles. Launch entrance is on the right. Trailered. Open year round. No dock. Chemical toilets in season. Access road and parking lot are gravel. Concrete plank ramp. No disability access.

Beseck Lake Boat Launch

Location: West side of Route 147 approximately 1.75 miles south of junction of Route 66 and Route 147.Trailered. Open year round. Paved parking access and ramp. Parking for 20. No docks, seasonal toilets. No disability access. Crowded on weekends. Shallow waters in northern end of lake.

Wood Creek Pond Boat Launch

Location: Route 44, north on Route 272, right onto Ashpohtag Road, take first left to the launch. Trailered. Open year round. 12 parking spaces. Paved ramp and access road. Shallow pond.

Long Pond Boat Launch

Location: Route 214, south on Lantern Hill Road. Access is on the right. Trailered. Open year round. Seasonal chemical toilets. Parking for 35 vehicles. Paved road access, concrete plank ramp. No disability access.

Wintergreen Lake Boat Launch

Location: Exit 60 off Route 15, south on Route 10, west on Benham Street, left onto Main Street, access on the right. Gravel road access, gravel ramp. Parking for 30 vehicles. No docks or toilets. No disability access.

Coventry Lake Boat Launch

Location: Route 31, south on Lake Street, launch is 0.75 miles on right. Trailered. Open year round. Seasonal floating wood dock. Season chemical toilets. 26 parking spaces. Paved road access, concrete slab ramp. Disability access.

Barn Island Boat Launch

Location: Located at Barn Island Wildlife Area. Turn southeast off Route 1 at Greenhaven Road then south on Palmer Neck Road approximately 1.5 miles to end. Trailered. Open year round. Dock is floating wood, seasonal. Chemical toilets in season. Access road and parking surface are paved. 6 spaces. Concrete slab ramp. Disability access.

Hammonassett Beach Boat Launch

Location: I-95, Exit 62. Go south off exit. At light go straight into Hammonasset Beach State Park then to Meigs Point. Car Top/Carry-In. Open year round. No dock. Chemical and flush toilets in season. Access road and parking lot are paved. 35 spaces. Ramp is sand. No disability access.

Mashapaug Lake Boat Launch

Location: In Bigelow Hollow State Park, off Route 171, 1.3 miles east of Route 190. Trailered. Open year round. 15 parking spaces. Paved road access, concrete slab ramp. Disability access.

Bayberry Lane Boat Launch

Location: I-95, Exit 87, Route 349 (Clarence B. Sharp Highway) which becomes Shennecossett Road. Follow this road south, then left onto Bayberry Lane. Trailered. Open year round. Dock is fixed wood. Chemical toilets in season. Access road is paved. Parking lot is paved and grass. 30 spaces. No disability access. Crowded.

Housatonic River Boat Launch

Location: I-95, Exit 34. Turn west on Route 1 then north on Naugatuck Avenue. Launch is on the left. Trailered. Open year round. Docks are floating wood. Chemical toilets in season. Access road and parking lot are paved. 80 parking spaces. Concrete plank ramp. Disability access.

Four Mile River Boat Launch

Location: Located on the west side of Four Mile River. Route 156, east on Oakridge Drive, first right to launch area. Trailered. Open year round. Chemical toilets in season. Access road and parking lot are paved. Ramp is paved. No disability access. Shallow launch conditions at low tide; clearance problem at high tide.