Boating – Middlesex

Middlesex County CT Boating

Middlesex CT Boat Launches, Rivers, Ocean, Lake Access, Boating, Kayaking, Canoeing, Paddling Areas


With hundreds of lakes, ponds, and rivers and ocean shoreline, Middlesex County Connecticut is a boaters’ paradise. Summer residents usually get their boats in the water by June and enjoy the season until late October. Find boat launches and public boat ramps in each county of Connecticut. Use the map below to find CT boat launches areas, lakes and water access near your destination or location.

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Middlesex County CT Boating Areas Marinas & Boat Launches

Old Saybrook
Baldwin Bridge Boat Launch
(Connecticut River)
Type: Trailered & Car Top/Carry-In
Season: Year round
Directions: Rte. 9 south, take exit 2 and turn left. Take the first right onto Ferry Road. Rte. 2 north, take exit 1 and turn right onto Ferry Road. Launch is at the end of Ferry Road under the bridge.
Docks: Floating & Fixed Wood (Year-round)
Toilets: Chemical (Seasonal)
Parking Spaces: 75
Parking Surface: Paved
Access Road Surface: Paved
Ramp Surface: Concrete Slab
ADA Accessible: Yes
Additional Info: Fishing pier located on site

Westbrook
Messerschmidt Pond Boat Launch
Type: Car Top/Carry-In
Season: Year round
Directions: Route 80, south on Stevenson Road (Route 145), launch is on the left.
Lake Area: 73 Acres
Regulations: Use of electric motors is permitted.
Docks: None
Toilets: None
Parking Spaces: 10
Parking Surface: Recycled Pavement
Access Road Surface: Paved
Ramp Surface: Gravel
ADA Accessible: No

Chester
Pattaconk Lake Boat Launch
Type: Car Top/Carry-In
Season: Year round
Directions: At Cockaponset State Forest in Pattaconk Lake Recreation Area, 3 miles north of Route 148 on Cedar Lake Road.
Lake Area: 56.1 Acres
Regulatory Requirements: 8 MPH limit, no water-skiing. Use of internal combustion engines prohibited during July and August.
Docks: None
Toilets: Chemical (Seasonal)
Parking Spaces: 5
Parking Surface: Dirt
Access Road Surface: Paved
Ramp Surface: Dirt
ADA Accessible: No

Chester
Cedar Lake Boat Launch
Type: Trailered
Season: Year round
Directions: Route 148, north on Cedar Lake Road, first right, follow signs.
Lake Area: 69.3 Acres
Regulations: 6 MPH limit.
Docks: None
Toilets: Chemical (Seasonal)
Parking Spaces: 6
Parking Surface: Paved
Access Road Surface: Paved
Ramp Surface: Concrete Slab
ADA Accessible: No

East Haddam
Salmon River Boat Launch
Type: Trailered
Season: Year round
Directions: Located at the mouth of Salmon River off Route 149, 1.5 miles north of the junction with Route 82.
Docks: Floating Wood (Seasonal)
Toilets: Chemical (Seasonal)
Parking Spaces: 60
Parking Surface: Dirt
Access Road Surface: Paved
Ramp Surface: Concrete Slab
ADA Accessible: Yes
Additional Info: Access is flooded during spring months.

Haddam
Haddam Meadows Boat Launch
(Connecticut River)
Type: Trailered
Season: Year round
Directions: In Haddam Meadows State Park, east off Route 154. Bear right after entering State Park. Launch at the end of the road.
Docks: Floating Wood (Seasonal)
Toilets: Chemical (Seasonal)
Parking Spaces: 100
Parking Surface: Recycled Pavement
Access Road Surface: Recycled Pavement
Ramp Surface: Concrete Plank
ADA Accessible: Yes

East Haddam
Bashan Lake Boat Launch
Type: Trailered
Season: Year round.
Directions: East off Route 82, onto Mount Parnassus Road or Millington Road, left onto Ballahack Road, go about 0.9 miles on dirt road to access area.
Lake Area: 273 Acres
Regulations: 35 MPH limit days, 8 MPH limit, 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. No sitting on deck, bow, or gunwale. Two water-skiers per tow maximum.
Docks: None
Toilets: Chemical (Seasonal)
Parking Spaces: 10
Parking Surface: Gravel
Access Road Surface: Dirt
Ramp Surface: Gravel
ADA Accessible: No
Additional Info: Narrow, rocky channel.

East Haddam
Upper Moodus Reservoir Boat Launch
Type: Trailered
Season: Year round
Directions: Route 149, south on Bashan Falls Road, east on Haddam-Colchester Turnpike, right on Launching Area Road, just before causeway.
Lake Area: 486 Acres
Regulations: 35 MPH limit days, 8 MPH limit 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. No sitting on deck, bow or gunwale, 2 water-skiers per tow boat maximum.
Docks: Fixed Concrete
Toilets: Chemical (Seasonal)
Parking Spaces: 10
Parking Surface: Paved
Access Road Surface: Paved
Ramp Surface: Concrete Slab

East Haddam
Lower Moodus Reservoir Boat Launch
Type: Trailered
Season: Year round
Directions: Two miles east of the junction with Route 149 and Route 151 on Route 149, turn south onto Mott Lane. Launch is on the right.
Lake Area: 486 Acres
Regulations: 35 MPH limit days, 8 MPH limit 9 p.m. to 8 a.m. No sitting on deck, bow or gunwale, 2 water-skiers per tow boat maximum.
Docks: None
Toilets: Chemical (Seasonal)
Parking Spaces: 10
Parking Surface: Paved
Access Road Surface: Paved
Ramp Surface: Concrete Plank

East Haddam
Lake Hayward Boat Launch
Type: Trailered
Season: Year round
Directions: Route 11, Exit 6, west on Lake Hayward Road, left onto East Shore Drive. Launch is on the right.
Lake Area: 174 Acres
Regulations: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.
Docks: None
Toilets: Chemical (Seasonal)
Parking Spaces: 5
Parking Surface: Dirt
Access Road Surface: Paved
Ramp Surface: Paved

Haddam
Higganum Reservoir Boat Launch
Type: Car Top/Carry-In
Season: Year round
Directions: Route 81, west onto Dish Mill Road, bear right to launch area.
Lake Area: 30.8 Acres
Regulations: 8 MPH limit, no water-skiing.
Docks: None
Toilets: None
Parking Spaces: 4
Parking Surface: Dirt
Access Road Surface: Paved
Ramp Surface: Dirt
ADA Accessible: No

Middletown
Dooley Pond Boat Launch
Type: Trailered
Season: Year round
Directions: From Route 17, turn east onto Brush Hill Road, take first right to launch.
Lake Area: 18.5 Acres
Regulations: 8 MPH limit, no water-skiing.
Docks: None
Toilets: Chemical (Seasonal)
Parking Spaces: 20
Parking Surface: Gravel
Access Road Surface: Paved
Ramp Surface: Paved
ADA Accessible: No

Middletown
Crystal Lake Boat Launch
Type: Trailered
Season: Closed December 1 to March 1.
Directions: Route 9, exit 11, west on Route 155, south on Millbrook Road, west on Livingston Road. Same entrance as Middletown Park.
Lake Area: 32.4 Acres
Regulations: Use of electric motors is permitted.
Docks: None
Toilets: None
Parking Spaces: 9
Parking Surface: Paved
Access Road Surface: Paved
Ramp Surface: Concrete Slab
ADA Accessible: No
Additional Info: Launch is owned and operated by the City of Middletown.

Middlefield
Beseck Lake Boat Launch
Type: Trailered
Season: Year round
Directions: West side of Route 147 approximately 1.75 miles south of junction of Route 66 and Route 147.
Lake Area: 116 Acres
Regulations: 8 MPH limit, no water-skiing except for the period June 15 to first Sunday after Labor Day when speeds in excess of 8 MPH and water-skiing are permitted between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Docks: None
Toilets: Chemical (Seasonal)
Parking Spaces: 20
Parking Surface: Paved
Access Road Surface: Paved
Ramp Surface: Paved
ADA Accessible: No
Additional Info: Crowded on weekends. Shallow waters in northern end of lake.

Middlefield
Black Pond Boat Launch
Type: Trailered
Season: Year round
Directions: I-91, take East Main Street exit, which is Exit 16 going north or Exit 17 going south. Go east off exit onto East Main Street. Launch is approximately two miles down on the right.
Lake Area: 76 Acres
Regulations: Use of internal combustion engines prohibited.
Docks: None
Toilets: Chemical (Seasonal)
Parking Spaces: 10
Parking Surface: Paved/Dirt
Access Road Surface: Paved
Ramp Surface: Concrete Slab
ADA Accessible: No

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