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

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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Boat Ramps in Connecticut
Indian Well State Park - Shelton, CT - Photo Credit CTVisit
Indian Well State Park

1 Indian Well Road Shelton, CT, 06484 Phone: 203-735-4311

A boat ramp is available April through September at this pretty park in the woods along the Housatonic River. - Park Map (PDF)
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.
Pachaug Pond Boat Launch - Griswold, CT
Pachaug Pond Boat Launch

Off Voluntown Road (CT Route 138) Griswold, CT, 06351 Phone:

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.
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.
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.
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.
Black Rock State Park

2065 Thomaston Road Watertown, CT, 06795 Phone: 860-283-8088

All water sports are done at this park, including trout fishing. Lake has a boat ramp. - Hiking Map (PDF)
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.
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.
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.
Candlewood Lake Boat Launch - New Fairfield, CT
Candlewood Lake Boat Launch

Squantz Pond State Park New Fairfield, CT, 06812 Phone:

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.
Bluff Point State Park - Groton. CT - Photo Credit CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
Bluff Point Coastal Reserve

Depot Road, off US Route 1 Groton, CT, 06340 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. - Park Map (PDF)
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.
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.
Mystic River Boat Launch - Groton, CT
Mystic River Boat Launch

River Road Groton, CT Phone:

Directions: Take I-95, exit 89. Turn to go south on Allyn Street, then take your first left onto Sandy Hollow Road. Stay left at the fork, then follow to the end. Turn left onto High Street, then your next right onto Bindloss Road. Follow to the end and turn left onto River Road. Launch is on the right on the west bank of the Mystic River, just north of the I-95 bridge. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lake View - Pachaug State Forest (Chapman & Green Falls areas) - Voluntown, CT
Pachaug State Forest (Chapman & Green Falls areas)

Entrance off Route 49 Voluntown, CT, 06384 Phone: 860-376-4075

Boat ramps are available at Beachdale Pond. There also is a fishing platform that can be used by people in wheelchairs. Stocked trout. - Chapman Area Map (PDF) - Green Falls Area Map (PDF)
Mashapaug Pond Boat Launch - Union, CT - Photo Credit Vicky Dinsmore
Mashapaug Lake Boat Launch

At Bigelow Brook Union, CT, 06076 Phone:

Located in Bigelow Hollow State Park, off Route 171, 1.3 miles east of Route 190. Follow the park's access road along Bigelow Brook to the south end of the pond. Trailered. Open year round. 15 parking spaces. Paved road access, concrete slab ramp. 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.
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.
Baldwin Bridge State Boat Launch (Connecticut River)

220 Ferry Road Old Saybrook, CT, 06475 Phone:

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.
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.
Hopeville Pond State Park - Griswold, CT - Photo Credit RV Points
Hopeville Pond State Park

929 Hopeville Road Griswold, CT, 06351 Phone: 860-376-2920

A boat launch is open at this park on a large freshwater pond. - Hiking Map (PDF)
Mansfield Hollow State Park - Mansfield, CT - Photo Credit CT DEEP
Mansfield Hollow Park

31 Old Willimantic Road Mansfield, CT, 06235 Phone:

A boat ramp at the lake/reservoir makes it easy to reach for boating and fishing. Swimming is not allowed in this reservoir / lake. - Park Map (PDF)
Bigelow Hollow State Park - Union, CT - Photo Credit CT DEEP
Bigelow Hollow State Park & Nipmuck State Forest

298 Bigelow Hollow Road - Route 171 Union, CT, 06076 Phone: 860-424-3200

Boat ramps are provided on Mashapaug Lake and Bigelow, Breakneck, and Griggs ponds, all within this 9,000-acre forested state park and forest.
Crystal Lake (CT) 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.
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.
Bluff Point Boat Launch - Groton, CT
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hamonnasset Beach Boat Launch - Madison, CT
Hammonassett Beach Boat Launch

at Hammonassett Beach near Meigs Point Madison, CT, 06443 Phone:

Directions: From I-95 Exit 62, follow the Hammonassett Connector south. At light go straight into Hammonasset Beach State Park then follow the park drive 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.
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.
Lake McDonough Recreation Area - Barkhamsted, CT - Photo Credit CTVisit
Lake McDonough Recreation Area

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

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.
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.
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.
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.
Lake Quonnipaug Boat Launch - Guilford, CT
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.
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.