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


With hundreds of lakes, ponds, and rivers and ocean shoreline, New Haven 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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New Haven County CT Boating Areas Marinas & Boat Launches

Milford
Housatonic River Boat Launch
Type: Trailered
Season: Year round
Directions: I-95, Exit 34. Turn west on Route 1 then north on Naugatuck Avenue. Launch is on the left.
Toilets: Chemical (Seasonal)
Parking Spaces: 80
Parking Surface: Paved
Access Road Surface: Paved
Ramp Surface: Concrete Plank
ADA Accessible: Yes

Branford
Branford River Boat Launch
Type: Trailered
Season: Year round
Directions: Turn south off Route 1 onto Route 142 (Short Beach Road), then left on Stannard Avenue to Goodsell Point Road.
Regulations: Stony Creek, 6 MPH in the established channel from the reef extension of Linden Point northward. Branford Harbor, slow-no-wake in all waters north of the line from Indian Neck Point to Lovers Island. All tidal marshes, marsh channels and estuaries, slow-no-wake. All shores, 6 MPH within 100 yards of any shore.
Docks: Fixed Wood
Toilets: Chemical (Seasonal)
Parking Spaces: 50
Parking Surface: Gravel
Access Road Surface: Paved
Ramp Surface: Paved
ADA Accessible: No
Additional Info: Crowded on weekends, steep ramp.

Guilford
East River Boat Launch
Type: Trailered
Season: Year round
Directions: Located on the east bank of the East River. Route 1, south on Neck Road approximately 2 miles. Launch entrance is on the right.
Regulations: West River, East River, Sluice Basin – 4 MPH limit.
Docks: None
Toilets: Chemical (Seasonal)
Parking Spaces: 25
Parking Surface: Gravel
Access Road Surface: Gravel
Ramp Surface: Concrete Plank
ADA Accessible: No

Madison
Hammonassett Beach Boat Launch
Type: Car Top/Carry-In
Season: Year round
Directions: I-95, Exit 62. Go south off exit. At light go straight into Hammonasset Beach State Park then to Meigs Point.
Regulations: All shores – 6 MPH limit and no water-skiing within 100 yards of shore.
Docks: None
Toilets: Chemical & Flush (Seasonal)
Parking Spaces: 35
Parking Surface: Paved
Access Road Surface: Paved
Ramp Surface: Sand
ADA Accessible: No
Additional Info: Launching over wide sandy beach.

Hamden
Wintergreen Lake Boat Launch
Type: Car Top/Carry-In
Season: Year round
Directions: Exit 60 off Route 15, south on Route 10, west on Benham Street, left onto Main Street, access on the right.
Lake Area: 44 Acres
Regulations: Use of internal combustion engines is prohibited.
Docks: None
Toilets: None
Parking Spaces: 30
Parking Surface: Dirt
Access Road Surface: Gravel
Ramp Surface: Gravel
ADA Accessible: No
Additional Info: Water is 100 feet from parking area.
West Rock State Park

Guilford
Quonnipaug Lake Boat Launch
Type: Trailered
Season: Year round
Directions: At north end of lake just east off Route 77.
Lake Area: 98.7 Acres
Regulations: 6 HP limit. Motorboat operation prohibited between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.
Docks: No
Toilets: Chemical (Seasonal)
Parking Spaces: 8
Parking Surface: Paved
Access Road Surface: Paved
Ramp Surface: Paved
ADA Accessible: No

Southbury
Lake Zoar Boat Launch
Type: Trailered
Season: Year round
Directions: I-84, Exit 14, go south on Lakeside Road, turn right on Lee Farm Drive to Scout Road. Launch is at the end of Scout Road.
Lake Area: 909 Acres
Regulations: 45 MPH limit daytime, 25 MPH from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise; vessels are prohibited from approaching within 300 feet on upstream side or 700 feet on downstream side of Stevenson Dam.
Docks: Floating Wood (Seasonal)
Toilets: Chemical (Seasonal)
Parking Spaces: 60
Parking Surface: Paved/Gravel
Access Road Surface: Paved
Ramp Surface: Concrete Slab
ADA Accessible: Yes

Wallingford
North Farms Reservoir Boat Launch
Type: Trailered
Season: Year round
Directions: Route 68, north on Barns Road, launch is on the left.
Lake Area: 64.4 Acres
Regulations: 8 MPH limit, no water-skiing.
Docks: None
Toilets: None
Parking Spaces: 20
Parking Surface: Gravel
Access Road Surface: Gravel
Ramp Surface: Paved
ADA Accessible: No
Additional Info: Shallow pond, weed problems.

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