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Boat Launches

Hazardous conditions may exist, caution should be exercised while accessing the launches that have snow or ice.  

Here are the state boat launches that are typically plowed following a snow event:

Bantam Lake - Morris, CT
Squantz Pond - New Fairfield, CT
Candlewood Lake (Squantz Cove) - New Fairfield, CT
Candlewood Lake (Lattins Cove) - Danbury, CT
Mohawk Pond - Cornwall, CT
Winchester Lake - Winchester, CT
Highland Lake - Winchester, CT
Gardner Lake - Salem, CT
West Hill Pond - Barkhamsted, CT


Floating Docks
Floating docks, where provided, will be installed no later than April 15, weather conditions and water level permitting.

The following boat launches have floating docks that remain in year-round:
Baldwin Bridge (Old Saybrook)
Niantic River Boat Launch (Waterford)

All persons using state boat launch facilities and docks should maintain a six-foot social distancing separation from non-family members.  Where this distance is not possible, face coverings should be worn.

All persons boating with non-family members should maintain a six-foot social distancing separation from non-family members.  On vessels where this distance is not possible, face coverings should be worn.


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.

If you have any questions, please contact the Boating Division at 860-434-8638 or

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.

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