DEEP: River Camping Information - CT State Parks and Forests

{Camping} River Camping 
Four public camps along the Connecticut River at Hurd, Gillette Castle, River Highlands and Selden Neck State Parks offer primitive, riverside sites with fireplaces and pit toilets for individuals traveling on the river.
The river campsites are available from May 1 through September 30.  The length of stay is limited to one night. Use of river campsites at River Highlands, Hurd and Gillette Castle is restricted to canoers and kayakers only.
 
Link to Hurd State Park River Camping MapLink to Selden Neck State Park River Camping MapLink to River Highlands State Park River Camping MapLink to Gillette Castle State Park River Camping Map {Map}
 
Select a State Park on the above map to view the detailed camping area map.
Access
Campers must arrive and depart by boat. Vehicle access is not available.
 
Camping Permit - Gillette Castle, Hurd and Selden Neck State Parks
Reservations for river campsites at Gillette Castle, Hurd and Selden Neck State Parks can be made after January 14th for stays between May 1st and September 30th by mailing a written request at least two weeks before an intended stay to: 
Supervisor
Gillette Castle State Park
67 River Road
East Haddam, CT 06423


Request should include:
  • Camp area
  • Camping date
  • Name and address of adult leader
  • Names of campers in group
  • Type of boat
  • Payment in full by check or money order to: "Treasurer, State of Connecticut"
  • A daytime phone number
A validated permit will be returned to you by mail. For information on campsite availability and cancellation policy, call (860) 526-2336.
 
Camping Permit - River Highlands State Park
Reservations for river campsites at River Highlands State Park can be made by calling (860)485-0226 after January 14th for stays between May 1st and September 30th or by mailing a written request at least two weeks before an intended stay to:
River Camping
Western District Headquarters
230 Plymouth Road
Harwinton, CT  06791
Fax: (860) 485-1638
Requests should include:
  • Camp area
  • Camping date
  • Name and address of adult leader
  • Names of campers in group
  • Type of boat
  • Payment in full by check or money order to: "Treasurer, State of Connecticut
A validated permit will be returned to you by mail. For information on campsite availability and cancellation policy, call (860) 485-0226.
 
Capacities
Gillette Castle - 20 campers
Hurd - 12 campers
River Highlands -   6 campers on each site
Selden Neck  {hunting symbol}
Cedars - 20 campers
Hogback - 6 campers
Springledge - 8 campers
Quarry Knob - 12 campers
Facilities
The camps offer primitive, riverside sites with fireplaces and pit toilets. Please note: Fires are prohibited at the Gillette camp.  Mooring or docking facilities are not provided. Campers at Hurd and Gillette Castle State Parks should plan on breaking camp by 9:00 a.m.
Fee
$5.00 / person / night.
Guidelines
  • Please respect the rights of others using the campground. Responsible behavior is expected from both children and adults.
  • All visitors to campsites must leave the area by 8 p.m.
  • Open ground fires are not allowed. Please use existing pits. Fires are prohibited at the Gillette camp
  • Use of downed timber for campfires is permitted. Campers may not cut live or standing vegetation.
  • Please take your refuse when you leave; refuse containers are not provided.
Minors
Minors (under 18) must be accompanied by an adult in attendance who accepts responsibility for the camping party.
Notice To Campers
The Selden Neck Campground is located near State lands that are also open to hunting {hunting symbol} . The season for goose opens immediately after Labor Day and archery season for deer opens in mid-September.  Hunting is not permitted on Sunday. If you are camping when hunting is permitted, please note the following precautions:
  • Wear bright clothing such as a fluorescent orange vest or hat.  Avoid brown, tan, gray or white.
  • If you see someone hunting, call out to them to identify your location.
  • Let someone know where you are going, and when you will return.
Pets
No pets permitted at the campgrounds.
River Information
For guidebook information see: AMC River Guide for Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island
Appalachian Mountain Club Books
P.O. Box 298
Gorham, New Hampshire 03581-0298
1-800-262-4455
{Map of Connecticut River}
Content last updated August 2012