DEEP: Policies - CT State Parks and Forests

Policies
Alcoholic Beverages
State law requires that individuals must be 21 years of age or older to possess alcoholic beverages.  Alcoholic beverages are permitted in many state parks and forests, but not on beaches or boardwalks.  Beer in containers larger than 1 liter is prohibited.  More information on specific areas that do not allow alcoholic beverages can be found in individual park pages.
Buses
Groups wishing to visit by bus must secure a bus permit by contacting Reserve America online or by telephone (877) 668-2267 at least fourteen days prior to the visit.
Hours
State Park and Forest Recreation Areas are open to the public year round, as conditions permit, from sunrise until sunset. They are open to vehicular traffic from 8 a.m. to sunset.  Parking fees are charged at major developed areas. Site maps are available for many of the parks.
Pets
Pets on a leash are permitted in most state parks and forests. Owners must remove and properly dispose of pet waste left by the pet or riding animal under their control (Section 23-4-1 (f)). Pets are not allowed in buildings, swimming areas, or state park campgrounds.  In addition, pets are not permitted at Sherwood Island or Squantz Pond State Parks between April 15 and September 30.  Pets are not permitted at any time in Dinosaur State Park.  More specific information can be found in individual park pages.


If you have questions or need additional information on Connecticut State Parks and Forests, please contact the State Parks Division by e-mail at deep.stateparks@ct.gov or by phone at 860-424-3200.

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