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Things to Do: Connecticut River Tidelands

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Autumn On The River (user submitted)

Lighthouse at Old Saybrook (user submitted)

Read Yankee‘s article about efforts to conserve the Connecticut River Tidelands.

Outdoor Recreation

Chimney Point Boat Rental
2 Clark Ave.
Old Saybrook
860-388-3614

Connecticut Coastal Kayaking
18 Oak Tree Lane
Lyme
860-391-3837
ctcoastalkayaking.com

Devil’s Hopyard State Park
366 Hopyard Road
East Haddam
860-873-8566
ct.gov/dep

Gillette Castle State Park
67 River Road
East Haddam
860-526-2336
ct.gov/dep

Great Island State Boat Launch
Smith Neck Road
Old Lyme
www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/site.asp?siteid=529

Griswold Point Preserve
Smith’s Neck Road (summers, boats only)
White Sands Beach Road (Labor Day-Memorial Day, pedestrians only)
Old Lyme
nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/connecticut/preserves/art5379.html

Haddam Meadows State Park
Route 154
Haddam
860-663-2030
ct.gov/dep

Lieutenant River State Boat Launch
Route 156
Old Lyme
www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/site.asp?siteid=585

Lord Cove
Tantummaheag Town Landing
Tantummaheag Road (off Route 156)
Old Lyme
860-434-4469
www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/site.asp?siteid=106

Salmon Cove
Connecticut/Salmon River Boat Launch
Route 149
East Haddam
860-873-5058
easthaddam.org

Selden Neck State Park
River Road/Joshuatown Road (boat only)
Lyme
860-526-2336

lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/index.asp

Ted’s Bait & Tackle
35 Clark St./35 Ferry Road
Old Saybrook
860-388-4882

Dining & Lodging

Bee & Thistle Inn
100 Lyme St.
Old Lyme
800-622-4946, 860-434-1667
beeandthistleinn.com

Copper Beech Inn
46 Main St.
Ivoryton
888-809-2056, 860-767-0330
copperbeechinn.com

Crow’s Nest Gourmet Deli & Pizza
35 Pratt St.
Essex
860-767-3288

Cuckoo’s Nest
1712 Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook
860-399-9060
cuckoosnest.biz

Dock & Dine
Saybrook Point
Old Saybrook
800-362-3625, 860-388-4665
dockdinect.com

Griswold Inn
36 Main St.
Essex
860-767-1776
griswoldinn.com

Hallmark’s Drive-In
113 Shore Road (Route 156)
Old Lyme
860-434-1998

Luigi’s
1295 Boston Post Road
Old Saybrook
860-388-9190
luigis-restaurant.com

Old Lyme Inn
85 Lyme St.
Old Lyme
800-434-5352, 860-434-2600

Olive Oyl’s Carry-Out Cuisine
77 Main St.
Essex
860-767-4909

Pattaconk 1850 Bar & Grille
33 Main St.
Chester
860-526-8143
hiddenboston.com/Pattaconk.html

Restaurant du Village
59 Main St.
Chester
860-526-5301
restaurantduvillage.com

Vanderbrooke Bakers & Caterers
65 Main St.
Old Saybrook
860-388-9700, 860-395-0431
vanderbrooke.com

Otter Cove Restaurant
99 Essex Road
Old Saybrook
860-388-4836
ottercoverestaurant.com

Books to Look For

The Connecticut River Boating Guide: Source to Sea (3rd edition)
by the Connecticut River Watershed Council (Falcon, 2007)

River Days: Exploring the Connecticut River and Its History from Source to Sea
by Michael Tougias (Appalachian Mountain Club, 2001)

Tidewaters of the Connecticut River:
An Explorer’s Guide to Hidden Coves and Marshes

by Thomas J. Maloney (River’s End Press, 2001)

Comments
  • christine

    I’ve enjoyed kayaking out from a Stonington boat launch, sunning on a sandy island nearby, then finish the day with a delicious meal in Mystic at the S&p Oyster bar! In June to October it’s been grand!

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