Stony Creek Names & Numbers
October 23, 2014
Charts: NOAA 12372
Reaching Stony Creek requires careful navigation, especially as you weave your way through the Thimble Islands. Once you make it through, however, you’ll find quiet, protected water and a small anchorage close to town. Navigating the Thimbles can be tricky. Newcomers are best off approaching from the west and south, being careful to avoid the numerous reefs that pepper these waters. Pay close attention to your charts, as the buoys and channels can be confusing. Once you locate Outer Island (the southeasternmost island in the Thimbles and now open to the public) by its chimney, you can line up the channel that passes between Pot and High Islands. Be aware that many small boats and kayaks ply these waters in the summer, so keep a close watch as you thread your way through the islands.
- There are no full-service marinas in Stony Creek. Visiting boaters must anchor or trailer their boats to a local ramp (see below). A free public dinghy dock is located in town, and the depth is 3 1/2′ MLW. Nearest fuel, transient dockage and repair services are located in New Haven and Branford Harbor.
- A small ramp on Stony Creek Harbor is suitable for small boats and kayaks; parking is limited, especially in summer.
- A second ramp is located in downtown Branford. Turn south off Rte. 1 onto Rte. 142 (Short Beach Rd.), then left on Stannard Ave. to Goodsell Point Rd. This ramp is steep and crowded on weekends. Parking for 50 vehicles.
- You can anchor anywhere inside the harbor, as long as you remain outside the main channel. A good spot is west of G C “1” in 7′ of water. There’s less roll in the eastern end, but watch for power lines. Transients can leave dinghies at the town dock while they go ashore for the day.
- (203) 315-0634
- Kayak tours of the Thimbles can be arranged through CT Coastal Kayaking (860) 391-3837; http://www.ctcoastalkayaking.com
- Heritage Taxi (203) 466-6666
- Stony Creek Market & Pizza (203) 488-0145: Carries basic grocery items, drinks, ice, etc. Also serves great deli sandwiches and pizza.
- Sea Mist Cruises (203) 488-8905: Get a wonderful overview and history of the Thimble Islands by taking a 45-minute tour aboard the Sea Mist, run by Capt. Mike Infantino.
- Volsunga IV Cruises (203) 481-3345: This tour boat also takes individuals and groups around the islands.
- Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library (203) 488-8702: Offers cozy reading areas, internet access, an art gallery and a play area for kids.
- Stony Creek Market & Pizza (203) 488-0145: Serves breakfast and lunch year-round.
- Thimbleberry Cafe (203) 481-2836: Serves breakfast and lunch year-round.
- Thimble Islands B&B (203) 488-3693; thimbleislandsbb.com: Secluded luxury B&B featuring magnificent views of the Thimble Islands and Long Island Sound.
City of Branford, http://www.branford-ct.gov