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Article Published May 31, 2019
A Day at the Beach

Salt Water

Branford Point: Harbor St., Branford. Crabbing, fishing, picnic area, swimming. Handicapped accessible. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (staffed), park officially closes at 10 p.m. Must have a Branford residents sticker to park in the parking lot, available from the tax collector. For info, visit www.branford-ct.gov.

Clinton Town Beach: Waterside Ln., Clinton. Open 9 a.m. to sunset, to Labor Day. Seasonal passes for residents are $20 and $10 for seniors; non-residents pay $25 per day. Purchase passes at the beach. For info, visit www.clintonct.org.

Amenities: Basketball, bocce court, charcoal grills, dog exercise trail, pavilion, picnic areas, picnic tables, playground, restrooms, snack bar, splash pad, volleyball, walking trail.

East Haven Town Beach: Cosey Beach Ave. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day. Splash pad, picnic tables, playscape, bocce courts, volleyball nets, and more. Parking (free) for residents with passes only. For info, visit www.townofeasthavenct.org.

East Wharf Beach: Middle Beach Road, Madison. Beach, gazebo, roof-top boat access. For info, visit www.madisonct.org.

Hammonasset Beach State Park: 1288 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Largest shoreline park with 550 campsites, hiking, picnic areas, and nature center. Handicapped accessible. For info, call 203-245-1817.

Harvey's Beach: Great Hammock Rd., Old Saybrook. Open daily Memorial Day to Labor Day. Parking: Non-resident parking $10 weekdays; $20 weekends and holidays. For info, visit https://oldsaybrookct.myrec.com.

Amenities: lifeguards, playground, sizable parking lot, concession stand, restrooms/bath house.

Jacobs Beach: Seaside Ave., Guilford. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Picnic pavilions, playground, bathrooms, showers, athletic courts, boat racks. Fee: $7 per car (residents); $14 (non-residents). For info, visit www.guilfordparkrec.com.

Middle Beach: Salt Island Rd., Westbrook. Beach only; no lifeguard or facilities, limited parking. For info, visit www.westbrookct.us.

Old Saybrook Town Beach: Great Hammock Rd., Old Saybrook. Open daily Memorial Day to Labor Day. Resident parking only (with sticker). For info, visit oldsaybrookct.myrec.com.

Amenities: Restrooms/outdoor rinse area/changing rooms, food service building, covered pavilion with picnic tables.

Stony Creek Beach: Thimble Island Rd., Branford. Gazebo, beach area with lifeguards Memorial Day through Labor Day. Limited parking. For info, visit www.branford-ct.gov.

Surf Club: 87 Surf Club Rd., Madison. Townowned park with picnic, game, swimming, concessions. Park open 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fees apply. For info, visit www.madisonct.org.

West Beach: Seaside Ave., Westbrook. Restrooms and concession stand open to the public during beach season (June to September). Non-residents pay $20 to park in the parking lot during beach season. For info, visit www.westbrookct.us.

West Wharf Beach: West Wharf Rd., Madison. Beach, fishing pier, roof-top boat access. For info, visit www.madisonct.org.

 

Fresh Water

Cedar Lake: West Main Street, Chester. Open 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
June 15 through Aug.20. Beach, gazebo, picnic area, and concessions. Free for residents with pass, non-resident passes $65. For info, visit www.chesterct.org.

Chatfield Hollow State Park: 381 Rt. 80, Killingworth. Hiking, fishing, picnic area, freshwater swimming. Handicapped accessible. Leashed pets permitted. Open sunrise to sunset. For info, visit www.ct.gov/deep/chatfieldhollow.

Lake Quonnipaug: Route 77, North Guilford. Picnic area, changing rooms, bathrooms, showers, trails, kayaks/paddleboats. Fee: $7 (residents); $14 (non-residents). For info, visit www.guilfordparkrec.com.

Plattwood Park: Rte. 80, Deep River. Freshwater beach, pavilion, skate park, fitness course. Free for residents with sticker, $20 per day per car for non-residents. For info, visit www.deepriverct.us.

Viney Hill Brook Park: Cedar Grove Terrace, Essex. Swimming area (no lifeguard), picnic tables, dog park, and trails. For info, visit www.essexct.gov.

Wharton Brook State Park: 640 Washington Ave. North Haven. Swimming, fishing, and picnic area. For info, visit www.ct.gov/deep/whartonbrook.