General Camping Information
The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection provides 1400 campsites throughout the state including 38 rustic cabins for your outdoor enjoyment. Camping areas can be found in a variety of settings including shadowy woodlands, sandy shoreline beaches, inland lakes, and secluded islands. For a great outdoor adventure, spend your vacation with us. The following information applies to most Park and Forest Campgrounds. Exceptions are noted on the Camping Areas Page.
Beer in containers larger than one (1) liter is prohibited. State law limits the possession of alcoholic beverages to individuals 21 years or older. The following campgrounds are alcohol free: Black Rock, Hopeville Pond, Housatonic Meadows, Kettletown, Macedonia Brook and Pachaug State Forest. Please do not bring alcoholic beverages to these facilities.
Campers may launch car-top boats at Hopeville Pond, Hammonasset Beach, Kettletown, Pachaug State Forest (Green Falls), and Lake Waramaug camping areas.
The campsite fee covers six (6) persons, including children.
However, a camp registrant may occupy a campsite with all his/her children under 18 years old for the basic campsite fee regardless of the total number of family members. Upon check-in, all campers must be registered to the campsite. Changes and additions to the list of registered campers will not be permitted.
Visitors are allowed to enter state campgrounds from 8:00 a.m. to sunset and may stay until 10:00 p.m. Daily parking rates apply for visitors arriving in out-of-state registered vehicles. Designated parking areas must be used.
Camping equipment, including properly curtained station wagons and vans, is subject to the approval of the campground supervisor on duty. Trailers and RV's exceeding 35' in length are not permitted. All equipment must be removed from the campsite at the end of each stay.
Fires are permitted in designated fireplaces. Ground fires are strictly prohibited at all State campgrounds. The use of camp stoves is encouraged. Grills are not provided at Hammonasset Beach Campground. The possession or use of all classes of fireworks (including sparklers) is prohibited in all state parks and forests.
Campsites are to be kept in a neat, clean, and sanitary condition. Showers, toilets and drinking water are provided in most areas. Dishwashing is prohibited at water taps, in lavatories and showers. Camp areas do not provide laundry units, shelters, or lodges. However, rustic cabins are available to rent at several campgrounds.
The injuring, removal or destruction of any animal or plant material is prohibited. Nails, knives, or other foreign objects may not be driven into trees or park structures, nor may wire or rope be fastened to trees for any purpose including any type of hammock. Sites, including firepits, must be cleaned before departure and picnic tables should be in their original location.
At Hammonasset Beach and Rocky Neck State Parks, the maximum length of stay is twenty-one consecutive days. If you have a 21 day reservation, all members of your camping party and your camping equipment must leave the park for 5 days before you can return. At any inland state park campground the maximum length of stay is fourteen consecutive days. Following each stay at an inland campground, regardless of duration, a five day interim period is mandatory for all members of the camping party. Campers may not move to another camping area within the same park or forest during the interim. The camp areas within Pachaug State Forest and Hopeville Pond State Park shall be considered one campground. All equipment must be removed from the campsite at the end of each stay.
The camp day is defined as being from the time of arrival until 12:00 noon. Check-in time is 1:00 p.m. For cabin rentals, the check-in time is 2:00 p.m. and the check-out time is 11:00 a.m.
Minors (under 18) must be accompanied by an adult in attendance who accepts responsibility for the camping party. A camping permit cannot be issued to anyone under the age of 18 years.
No more than two motor vehicles (with proper passes) are permitted on a single campsite, except at Rocky Neck where the limit is one vehicle per campsite. Vehicle passes are nontransferable. The speed limit within campgrounds is ten miles per hour.
Occupancy of the camp lot is required within the first 24 hours. A campsite unoccupied during this initial period is declared an open site and will be reassigned with all payment forfeited. If you are unable to arrive the first night, please telephone the campground. Campers arriving after 10:00 p.m. will be required to set up in a temporary stopover area until the following morning. Transferring or subleasing campsites is strictly forbidden.
All Department operated campgrounds are closed from January 1 through early/mid April to prevent damage during periods of freezing and thawing and to relieve soil compaction.
Pets are prohibited in State Park camping areas. Pets are permitted only at State Forest campgrounds (see Campground Directory) and at Salt Rock Campground. When and where permitted, animals are limited to one per campsite and must be held on a leash not to exceed seven feet in length. Dogs must have rabies vaccination and owners may be required to show proof. Pets must not be left unattended.
Quiet hours shall be observed between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Reasonable levels of sound may not be exceeded at any time.
Place your trash and recyclables in the appropriate receptacles provided.
All lots that are not reserved may be available on a first-come, first-served basis, except for the following campgrounds, where walk-ins are not permitted: Devil's Hopyard, Pachaug State Forest (Mount Misery and Green Falls), Mashamoquet Brook and Wolf Den.
Except as specifically authorized, no firearms, archery equipment or other weapons may be possessed in any campground or recreation area.
Content last updated May 2022