DEEP: General Camping Information - CT State Parks and Forests

 
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General Camping Information
The Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection provides 1400 campsites throughout the state including 16 rustic cabins for your outdoor enjoyment. Camping areas can be found in a variety of settings including shadowy woodlands, sandy shoreline beaches, inland lakes, and secluded islands. For a great outdoor adventure, spend your vacation with us.  The following information applies to most Park and Forest Campgrounds. Exceptions are noted on the Camping Areas Page.
 
The official 2014 camping season begins on April 18.  However, some campgrounds may be open on a restricted basis prior to Memorial Day Weekend. Please call the State Parks Division for an updated schedule prior to your visit.  
 

Campsite and Cabin Reservations, Cancellations and Refunds

Alcoholic Beverages
Beer in containers larger than one (1) liter is prohibited. State law limits the possession of alcoholic beverages to individuals 21 years or older. The following campgrounds are alcohol free: Black Rock, Housatonic Meadows and Macedonia Brook. Please do not bring alcoholic beverages to these facilities. 
Boating
Campers may launch car-top boats at Hopeville Pond, Hammonasset Beach, Kettletown, Pachaug State Forest (Green Falls), and Lake Waramaug camping areas.
Cabin Rental Policies
Camping Party
The campsite fee covers six (6) persons, including children.
However, a camp registrant may occupy a campsite with all his/her children under 18 years old for the basic campsite fee regardless of the total number of family members.
Camp Visitors
Visitors are allowed to enter state campgrounds from 8:00 a.m. to sunset and may stay until 10:00 p.m. Daily parking rates apply. Designated parking areas must be used.
Equipment
Camping equipment, including properly curtained station wagons and vans, is subject to the approval of the supervisor in charge. Trailers and RV's exceeding 35' in length are not permitted. All equipment must be removed from the campsite at the end of each stay.
Fires
Fires are permitted in designated fireplaces. Ground fires are strictly prohibited at all State campgrounds. The use of camp stoves is encouraged. Grills are not provided at Hammonasset Beach Campground.
Grounds & Buildings
Campsites are to be kept in a neat, clean and sanitary condition. Dishwashing is prohibited at water taps, in lavatories and showers. Showers, toilets and drinking water are provided in most areas. Not provided are individual connections for electricity, water or sanitary facilities, nor are there laundry units, firewood, lodges or shelters on our campgrounds. The injuring, removal or destruction of any animal or plant material is prohibited. Nails, knives, or other foreign objects may not be driven into trees or park structures nor may wire or rope be fastened to trees for any purpose.
Length of Stay
The camp day is defined as being from the time of arrival until 12:00 noon. Check-in time is 1:00 p.m.

At Hammonasset Beach and Rocky Neck State Parks, the maximum length of stay is twenty-one consecutive days.  If you have a 21 day reservation, all members of your camping party and your camping equipment must leave the park for 5 days before you can return. At any inland state park campground the maximum length of stay is fourteen consecutive days. Following each stay at an inland campground, regardless of duration, a five day interim period is mandatory for all members of the camping party. Campers may not move to another camping area within the same park or forest during the interim. The camp areas within Pachaug State Forest and Hopeville Pond, and Kettletown and Black Rock State Parks shall be considered one campground. All equipment must be removed from the campsite at the end of each stay.

Minors
Minors (under 18) must be accompanied by an adult in attendance who accepts responsibility for the camping party. A camping permit cannot be issued to anyone under the age of 18 years.
Motor Vehicles
No more than two motor vehicles (with proper passes) are permitted on a single campsite, except at Rocky Neck where the limit is one vehicle per campsite. Vehicle passes are nontransferable. The speed limit within campgrounds is ten miles per hour.
Occupancy
Occupancy of the camp lot is required within the first 24 hours. A campsite unoccupied during this initial period is declared an open site and will be reassigned with all payment forfeited. If you are unable to arrive the first night, please telephone the campground. Campers arriving after 10:00 p.m. will be required to set up in a temporary stopover area until the following morning. Transferring or subleasing campsites is strictly forbidden.
Period of Closure
All Department operated campgrounds are closed from January 1 through April 16 to prevent damage during periods of freezing and thawing and to relieve soil compaction.
Pets
Pets are prohibited in State Park camping areas. Pets are permitted at State Forest campgrounds (see Campground Directory). When and where permitted, animals are limited to one per campsite (except the Salt Rock Campground) and must be held on a leash not to exceed seven feet in length. Dogs must have rabies vaccination and owners may be required to show proof. Pets must not be left unattended.
Quiet Hours
Quiet hours shall be observed between 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Reasonable levels of sound may not be exceeded at any time.
Recycling
Place your trash and recyclables in the appropriate receptacles provided.
Unreserved Lots
All lots that are not reserved are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Weapons
Except as specifically authorized, no firearms, archery equipment or other weapons may be possessed in any campground or recreation area.


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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