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DEEP Announces Precautionary Closures of Some Public Spaces

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The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) announced today that as a precaution to limit the risks presented by the Coronavirus, it is closing to the public certain satellite office locations, branch facilities, and high-traffic visitor centers within State Parks and Forests.  At this time, all trails and outdoor facilities of the Connecticut State Parks and Forests will remain open to the public. 


The visitor centers closed to the public include:

  • Meigs Point Nature Center at Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison
  • Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby
  • Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill
  • Gillette Castle Visitors Center in East Haddam
  • Putnam Memorial State Park Visitors Center in Redding
  • Fort Trumbull State Park Visitor and Conference Centers in New London
  • Sessions Woods Conservation Center in Burlington
  • Franklin Swamp Wildlife Conservation Center in Franklin.
  • Goodwin Forest Conservation and Education Center, Hampton


Also closed to the public, effective immediately, are the following DEEP facilities:

  • Kensington, Quinebaug and Burlington Fish Hatcheries
  • Marine District Headquarters in Old Lyme
  • Eastern District Headquarters in Marlborough, and
  • Western District Headquarters in Harwinton


DEEP will continue operations at these facilities, but will not be allowing members of the public to visit. The public is encouraged to check DEEP’s website and call ahead before visiting DEEP’s facilities. Fishing, hunting and other recreational licenses are available online and can be obtained by going to the DEEP website at 


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