Connecticut DEP Temporarily Closes the Thames River State Boat Launch in New London for Renovations

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Thames River Boat LaunchAlternative Public Boat Launches Available

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) will be temporarily closing the Thames River State Boat Launch in New London for renovations. The closure will be effective July 14, 2008 through August 28, 2008 while the State boat launch is being renovated.

Renovations to the Thames River State Boat Launch will include:

Boat Ramp – installing a new ramp of pre-cast concrete, with a grooved surface;

Ramp Sides and Bottom – installing an interconnecting concrete block apron on the sides and bottom of the ramp to prevent erosion.

“The ramp replacement, which will be completed this summer, will improve boating operations and facilitate the safe and efficient launching and retrieval of boats,” said Eleanor Mariani, of DEP’s Boating Division.

While the renovations are taking place, the public can utilize the following boat launches in the area: Dock Road in Waterford, and the K.E. Streeter and Bayberry Lane boat launches, both in Groton. For additional state owned boat launches see the CT Boater’s Guide or visit the Boating section of the DEP website at: