Connecticut Waterfront Updates

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Visitors to Connecticut’s beaches and lakefront swim areas will experience reduced access this season because of COVID-19 precautions. 

This website provides information on the status of swimming areas throughout the state to help you plan ahead. Please note that information is updated frequently but may not reflect all daily capacity closures, so it’s best to check local sources of information to confirm whether a location is open on a given day.

Things to Consider Before You Go
  • If you are not feeling well, stay home!
  • If you are at risk for complications of COVID-19 because of underlying health conditions or other risk factors, please consider foregoing visiting these areas, or make sure you are visiting at “times less traveled,” such as early mornings.
  • Choose the destination closest to your home.
  • Visit with members of your own household and in groups of five or fewer.
  • Observe social distancing of at least 6 feet between individuals, and 15 feet between groups on the beach. Observe all posted social distancing guidelines.
  • Please expect that some amenities – including bathrooms and snack stands – may be unavailable at certain locations.
  • Bring a face covering and wear it whenever social distancing is not possible.
  • Bring your own water bottle – water fountains should not be used.
  • Where lifeguards are not posted, please use extra caution.
  • Plan an alternative activity. If the location is closed or too crowded when you arrive, consider going for a hike at a nearby park, or other outdoor activity. It is important to get fresh air, sunlight, and exercise. 
How to use this site
  • This website provides information on the status of beaches and swim areas to help you plan ahead. It may not reflect daily capacity closures for all locations. The Twitter feed provides real-time updates about many locations, including all DEEP State Parks. Please note that a location listed as open is not guaranteed to be open when you arrive – so please be flexible and plan for alternative activities.
More Information

CDC Guidance on Safe Outdoor Recreation

DEEP State Parks Main Page

DEEP COVID-19 Updates

State and Local Updates

The columns in the report below are sortable by clicking on the appropriate column title.

This site is maintained through a partnership between DEEP and the Connecticut Recreation & Parks Association (CRPA). Municipal data can be updated from the members area of the CRPA website. Please report any problems to Meghan.Bard@ct.gov.