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Long Island Sound Access SignWelcome to the Connecticut Coastal Access Guide, designed to help you explore the Connecticut shore. Use the guide to identify sites open to the public for boating, swimming, fishing, hiking and other outdoor activities. Some sites are posted with brown and white public access signs. Use the signs and the map and detailed driving directions in the Coastal Access Guide to find your way to hundreds of coastal access sights.
While all the sites included on this guide are open to the public, DEEP does not manage all of them. Please review the Site Contact Information for each site to determine the appropriate party to contact with questions or concerns about a site.
The shore is held in public trust as described in Connecticut's shore - The People's Resource. Many sites contain fragile coastal resources or are located adjacent to privately-owned lands. Please respect these resources and neighbors when visiting public access sites. Site conditions may change. Please consider contacting the site or the municipality in which the site is located for current conditions before visiting.
For questions, comments or additional information about the Connecticut Coastal Access Guide, please contact the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, Office of Long Island Sound Programs, 79 Elm Street, Hartford Connecticut, 06106-5127. Telephone: (860) 424-3034. Email: coastal.access@ct.gov.
Long Island Sound has been designated an estuary of national significance as part of
EPA's National Estuary Program. Learn more about this valuable resource in Long Island Sound Facts, and enjoy your explorations of Connecticut's shore.
Partners and Funding
Department of Environmental Protection Department of Energy & Environmental Protection, Office of Long Island Sound Programs provided the information describing coastal access sites and the Environmental and Geographic Information Center developed the web pages.
University of Connecticut University of Connecticut at Avery Point provided hardware and software necessary for hosting the Connecticut Coastal Access Guide on the Internet.
Long Island Sound Resource Center Long Island Sound Resource Center, a Department of Energy & Environmental Protection and University of Connecticut partnership, hosts the Coastal Access Guide on the Internet.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA-Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management provided funding for the development of this web site.
NOAA-Coastal Services Center provided funding for a Coastal Fellow to redesign and update the database upon which the web site is based.
Long Island Sound License Plate Program Long Island Sound License Plate Program funded the publication of the 1999 and 2001 Coastal Access Guide maps that provided the basis for this web site.
Long Island Sound Foundation Long Island Sound Foundation, in cooperation with the Department of Environmental Protection, funded the development and publication of the 1999 and 2001 Coastal Access Guide maps.
National Undersea Research Center National Undersea Research Center for the North Atlantic & Great Lakes provides technical support to the Long Island Sound Resource Center.
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