Beaches

Find your beach for prices and regulations.

Find your local beach.

Have a question about regulations or permits? Check out the links below for fishing, boating & camping. 

And make sure to follow the Outdoor Safety Tips!

State Parks

Find your vacation getaway or a spot to spend a day with your family enjoying the natural and historical wonders of Connecticut.

Find your local State Park.

For a complete list of all Connecticut State Parks, click here.

Boating

The Department of Environmental Protection is working hard to keep Connecticut’s waterways safe, clean and fun for all boaters. We look to every boat operator to help us in our efforts by knowing and obeying the laws and regulations as well as exercising sound environmental practices. Enjoy your time on our waters. Make the sound choice to boat safely and responsibly.

Fishing

Fishing is great family fun and a healthy outdoor activity enjoyed by young and old alike. Some of the programs developed by DEP to enhance fishing opportunities include fishing education for children and families, the creation of special fishing areas such as Trout Parks, and an aggressive program to allow passage of fish from our ocean waters to the northern stretches of many of the state’s larger streams.

Camping

Connecticut offers campgrounds in thirteen state parks or forests.With the start of the summer season this Memorial Day Weekend, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection and Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station are asking campers, vacationers and Connecticut citizens not to transport firewood to prevent the spread of Asian Longhorned Beetle and other wood pests.

Sheffield Island

The Sheffield Island Ferry

Activated in 1868, the Sheffield Island Lighthouse - now listed on the National Register of Historic Places - was in service for 34 years until its retirement in 1902. Today the Norwalk Seaport Association’s volunteers maintain the lighthouse and grounds as a museum and nature preserve.

Visitors can board the Seaport ferry at the Sheffield Island dock, adjacent to Stroffolino Bridge, corner of Washington and Water Streets, South Norwalk for their trip to the island, the lighthouse or harbor cruises. 

Each year the ferry takes thousands of visitors back to a time when this and other lighthouses were critical to coastal and oceangoing shipping.
 
Once on the island, visitors are treated to a tour of the lighthouse, including a chance to climb up into the light tower itself, where on clear days, the New York City skyline can be seen. The 10-room lighthouse showcases period furniture, and offers a chance to see what life was like for the families of 19th century light keepers.
 
Another island attraction is the Nature Trail through the Stewart B. McKinney Wildlife Refuge, which completed by the Seaport Association in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. From a viewing platform, a variety of wildlife including nesting herons and other birds can be observed.
 
Check out the Sheffield Island Ferry Schedule here!

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