NEW - As of May 28, 2020, the following floating docks have been installed:
-Bantam Lake Boat Launch
-Barn Island Boat Launch
-Bayberry Lane Boat Launch
-Branford River Boat Launch
-Coventry Lake Boat Launch
-Haddam Meadows Boat Launch*
-Housatonic River Boat Launch
-Lake Housatonic (Indian Well) Boat Launch
-KE Streeter (Thames River)
-Lake Lillinonah State Boat Launch
-Lake Zoar Boat Launch
-Niantic River Boat Launch
-Salmon River Boat Launch*
-Thames River Boat Launch
*Please note that only one set of docks have been installed because we are working on replacing the gangways. The gangway design and fabrication was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Nevertheless, we hope to have them installed by the end of June. Sorry for any inconvenience.
DEEP Urges Safe Boating Social Distancing Practices at State Boat Launches During COVID-19 Pandemic April 20, 2020
The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) owns and/or operates 117 boat launches statewide on ponds, lakes, rivers and Long Island Sound. Unless noted otherwise in the Connecticut Boater's Guide or in these web pages, all launches are open* to the general public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week**.
Locate a State Boat Launch (car top or trailered)
*When a State boat launch parking lot is full, the launch is closed and the additional launching/retrieval of vessels may not be allowed.
Read the signboard at each launch for important local rules and regulations. Alcohol consumption is prohibited. Many popular sites offer seasonal toilet facilities, however, no trash receptacles are provided and we request that patrons "carry out what they carry in". Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Please help us keep these launches safe, clean and enjoyable by reporting acts of vandalism, littering or dumping, and other illegal activities to our Environmental Conservation Police at 860-424-3333 or complete and submit a "Report a Boat Launch Maintenance Issue, Concern or Suggestion" Form or Form. Together we can preserve these recreational sites for all to enjoy. We appreciate your help.
Visitors to fresh water swimming areas and boat launches should be aware that some water bodies may be prone to blue-green algal blooms. Blue-green algae may produce and release toxins that – at high enough concentrations - are potentially harmful to swimmers, dogs and people involved in activities that puts them in contact with the water. More information
Other Water Access Resources:
Waterbody Regulations and Boat Launches (This includes all public boat launches)
Connecticut Coastal Access Guide
Information on boat launches located along Connecticut's coast, including areas with car top/carry-in access.
Funding for the maintenance of state boat launches and these web pages is provided through state boating funds and the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration, Motorboat Access Program.