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.
Route 171 Union, CT Phone:
Large forested park with lots of hiking trails; water sports at one lake and 3 ponds
Off Old Willimantic Road Mansfield, CT Phone:
Boating and fishing are allowed here; boat ramp provided. Swimming is prohibited
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
929 Hopeville Road Griswold, CT Phone: 860-376-2920
Freshwater swimming, fishing in Hopeville Pond. Campground in woods.
Route 219 Barkhamsted, CT, 06063 Phone: 860-379-3036
Water sports and a boat launch; Braille-marked walking trail
Howe Avenue Shelton, CT Phone: 203-735-4311
Sweet riverside park for water sports and picnicking. Easy walking trails along the river.
Watertown Road (Route 6) Thomaston, CT Phone: 860-283-8088
Camping, trout fishing, water sports, picnicking
Route 49 Voluntown, CT Phone: 860-376-4075
Large state forest covers all basics, camping, hiking, water sports, horseback riding, snowmobiling