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Connecticut’s hundreds of lakes, ponds, rivers and streams, as well as Long Island Sound and Fishers Island Sound offer a variety of recreational opportunities for the boating enthusiast. Long considered one of the nations most beautiful places to boat, Connecticut brings diversity to the water. Whether fishing, cruising, sailing or paddling, you are certain to find a new ‘favorite spot’.

Connecticut’s award winning boater education program is second to none and considered one of the country’s finest. A course in Safe Boating and Personal Watercraft Handling can not only be enjoyable and informative, but is required to obtain your certification. Our new Paddle Safety course is a great introduction to paddlesports covering such topics as equipment, types of paddle-craft, strokes and much more.

Making certain that your vessel has the proper safety equipment will help reduce boating accidents and deaths. Life jackets help prevent drowning, the number one cause of boating fatalities. Please insist that all in your party wear life jackets.

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.


Connecticut offers campgrounds in thirteen state parks or forests.

Parks with Camp Areas:
Black Rock, Devil's Hopyard, Hammonasset Beach, Hopeville Pond, Housatonic Meadows, Kettletown, Lake Waramaug, Macedonia Brook, Mashamoquet Brook, Rocky Neck, Salt Rock


Fishing is great family fun and a healthy outdoor activity enjoyed by young and old alike. The DEP stocks many lakes and streams with a wide variety of fish species throughout the year. Some of the other 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. Opportunities for tremendous saltwater fishing action abound at many different coastal access points along Long Island Sound. As a result, Connecticut offers some of the best and most diverse fishing possibilities in the country.

Hunting and Trapping

Connecticut’s woods and waters provide habitat for an abundance of wildlife, includingWhite-tailed Deer many species, such as white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and waterfowl. To allow for responsible, sustainable use of these precious wildlife resources, hunting and trapping are carefully regulated. Mandatory hunter safety and trapper training courses, are in place to ensure that Connecticut’s hunting heritage remains strong.

Over the past half-century, we have seen the recovery of many species of wildlife. In fact, hunting and trapping have been expanded for some species, such as deer and beaver, to manage burgeoning wildlife populations. Research, management, and habitat improvement projects, funded by license and permit fees paid by sportsmen and special excise taxes on hunting equipment, are largely responsible for this recovery.

State Parks and Forests

Are you looking for a great vacation getaway, or just a spot to spend a day with your family enjoying the natural and historical wonders of Connecticut? Then look no further. The diversity and splendor of Connecticut’s state parks and forests offers everything you are looking for and more. Regardless of your interests, Connecticut’s parks and forests offer something for everyone. So drop in to a Connecticut State Park or Forest and discover the world that awaits you.


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