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View from Pawcatuck River Wildlife Management Area, Stonington
View from Pawcatuck River Wildlife Management Area, Stonington
This semi-improved coastal access area on the Pawcatuck River provides unique shore-based fishing and car-top boating launching opportunities at the site of a former boat basin. Anglers can fish the former boat basin for Tomcod or fish the deeper waters along the River's shoreline for striped bass. Large boulders adjacent to the shore provide casting platforms for anglers. BE CAREFUL when accessing the rocks, when wet they are extremely slippery. The former boat basin also provides an excellent site for launching small car-top craft--paddle upstream to Pawcatuck River Park just downstream of the Route 1 Bridge or down-stream to the Barn Island Wildlife Management Area. Site visitors may also walk the main trail extending from the parking area to the River. An alternative trail leads from the parking area to the River but is less well defined. Both walkways provide birding opportunities and general passive enjoyment of the River and tidal marshes. The park closes at sunset for all activities other than angling---this policy is strictly enforced. Hunting is not permitted at this park. Some routes leading to this site are posted with the brown and white Long Island Sound Access sign.
To help you reach Pawcatuck River Wildlife Management Area, some routes leading to this site are posted with the brown and white Long Island Sound Access sign Long Island Sound Access sign.

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 Location
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Stonington (Pawcatuck), Connecticut
 Fees
None
 Directions
From the East: Take I-95 South to Exit 92. At the end of the exit ramp, turn left onto Route 49/Pendleton Hill Road (which becomes Voluntown Road) and proceed 1.3 miles. Next, continue straight by merging onto Route 2/Liberty Street, and follow 2 miles. Turn left at the intersection of Route 1/West Broad Street, and proceed an extremely short distance. Take the first right onto Mechanic Street, and continue 1 mile. Upon intersecting with Clark Avenue, proceed straight onto River Road, and follow 1 mile. The entrance will be on the left.
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From the West: Take I-95 North to Exit 91. At the end of the exit ramp, proceed straight and embark upon Route 234/Pequot Trail, following for .3 miles. Next, turn right onto Farmholme Road and continue 1.8 miles. Turn right onto Route 1/South Broad Street, and follow an extremely short distance. Take a left at the traffic light onto Greenhaven Road, and proceed 1.9 miles. Turn left onto Mary Hall Road, and continue .4 miles (to its end). Take a right onto River Road, and follow .1 mile. The entrance is to the left.
 Parking
Parking Lot
 Site Contact Information
Website -CT Department of Energy & Environmental Protection
Address -79 Elm Street
 Hartford, CT 06106-5127
 Activities
Bird and WildlifeBird and Wildlife
FishingFishing
WalkwaysWalkways
 Environment
Rocky ShoreRocky Shore
Tidal RiverTidal River
Tidal WetlandTidal Wetland

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