Milford, CT: Boat Ramp Not Likely to Open

Caswell Cove water access area. Photo courtesy State of CT, Connecticut Coastal Access Guide.

According to the Milford Mirror, a plea to repair and open a boat launch at Caswell Cove in Milford, Conn., is a quiet one. Bill Blotney, president of the Milford Striped Bass Club, asked Milford’s recreation director, Bill McCarthy, to look into opening the city-owned ramp at Caswell Cove, which has been closed for years, so that boaters will have access to the Housatonic River from Milford. Right now there is no place, really, in Milford for people to get their boats into the river, Blotney said.

SAT map of Caswell Cove Ramp.

Local boaters used to be able to use a public boat ramp in Milford under the Moses Wheeler Bridge near the Stratford line to get their boats into the river, but that launch is closed as bridge renovations take place. A Department of Environmental Protection spokesman said it will be closed 7 more years.

There’s a smaller boat ramp in Laurel Beach, Blotney said, but that spot is for kayaks and canoes and is not adequate for local duck hunters, fishermen and others who would like a place to launch their boats directly into the Housatonic.

SAT map of area.

“We’ve done a lot for the city,” Blotney said, referring to the annual Striped Bass Club-sponsored fishing derby, which attracts hundreds of young anglers to the duck pond each year. “It’s time we get our backs rubbed a little.”

Boaters can still get into the Housatonic River by entering at Milford Harbor and taking their boats the long way around to the river, or they can enter on the Stratford side of the river.

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