DEEP: Special Passes - CT State Parks and Forests

{Forest Trail} Park Passes
Season Pass for State Parks
Charter Oak Pass (Life Use)
Heritage Passport
Veteran Pass (Life Use)
 
 
Season Pass for State Parks
For the frequent park visitor, Connecticut offers a special season pass at a nominal fee. The pass allows unlimited vehicle access with the window sticker to any state park or recreation area that has a parking fee for no extra charge.
Season passes are:
  • Valid for one vehicle per pass;
  • Valid for the entire calendar year of issue;
  • Non-transferable to any other vehicle.
Season passes are not valid:
  • For admission to Dinosaur or Fort Trumbull State Park Exhibit Centers or tours of Gillette Castle, camping or special events with charges;
  • If an area is closed to the public for any reason;
  • For commercial use or on a commercial vehicle;
  • Unless adhered to the windshield (motorcycle operators may hand hold the pass) of a Connecticut registered vehicle.
Season passes cost $67 for Connecticut residents and $112 for Out-of State residents. They can be purchased in person, by mail or online at the DEEP Store.
Passes are available for purchase at State Park and Forest Recreation Area entrance stations during hours when parking fees are in effect.  Visitors may show identification, buy a pass and use it immediately to enter the facility.  Out of courtesy to the many visitors arriving simultaneously at larger parks during busy times such as weekend mornings, pass sales may be temporarily suspended.
Season passes for State Parks may also be obtained in person at:
DEEP Store
79 Elm Street, Hartford
Monday Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
(860) 424-3555
DEEP Eastern District Headquarters
209 Hebron Road, Marlborough
Monday Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
(860) 295-9523
DEEP Western District Headquarters
230 Plymouth Road, Harwinton
Monday Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
(860) 485-0226
DEEP Office of Boating
333 Ferry Road, Old Lyme
Monday Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
(860) 434-8638
Sherwood Island State Park
Exit 18 off I-95, Westport
Monday Friday, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
(203) 226-6983
To purchase a season pass by mail, send a check for the appropriate amount (please add $2.50 for shipping and handling charges), payable to "Treasurer, State of Connecticut" to:
DEEP Store
79 Elm Street
Hartford, CT 06106-5127
 
Your pass will be sent via first class mail with delivery confirmation to the address provided in your request.
If a windshield needs replacement or a stickered vehicle is sold during the recreation season, a replacement pass can be obtained upon presentation of the original pass or a recognizable portion thereof.
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Charter Oak Pass (Life Use)
The Charter Oak Pass provides access to the State Parks and Forests and is available free to Connecticut residents, 65 years of age or older.
The pass is accepted at all day use areas where a parking fee applies.  Presenting it allows free access for the entering vehicle and passengers.  The pass holder does not have to be the vehicle driver.
Free admittance is also provided for the Charter Oak pass holder when visiting Gillette Castle, Dinosaur or Fort Trumbull State Parks.  All other visitors, however, will be required to pay the appropriate fee.
Please note that each pass is issued to a specific person and can only be used when presented by that individual.  The passes are non-transferable.  They are not valid for camping or special events having separate admission charges and may not be used for commercial purposes.
A Charter Oak Pass may be obtained in person at the following locations: (Proof of age and residency required):
WESTERN CONNECTICUT EASTERN CONNECTICUT
DEEP State Parks Division
79 Elm Street, Hartford
Monday - Friday / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
(860) 424-3200
DEEP Eastern District H.Q.
209 Hebron Road, Marlborough
Monday - Friday / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
(860) 295-9523
DEEP Western District H.Q.
230 Plymouth Road, Harwinton
Monday - Friday / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
(860) 485-0226
DEEP Office of Boating
333 Ferry Road, Old Lyme
Monday - Friday / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
(860) 434-8638
Dinosaur State Park
West Street, Rocky Hill
9:00 am - 4:30 pm - closed Mondays
(860) 529-5816
Quinebaug Valley Hatchery
Cady Lane, Central Village 06332
Monday - Friday / 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
(860) 564-7542
Kellogg Environmental Center
Office of Communications and Education
500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby
Tuesday - Saturday / 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
(203) 734-2513
Fort Griswold Battlefield St. Park
Park Avenue, Groton
(Memorial Day through Labor Day)
Wednesday-Sunday / 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
(860) 445-1729
Sherwood Island State Park
Exit 18 off I-95, Westport
Monday - Friday / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
(203) 226-6983
Fort Trumbull State Park
90 Walbach Street, New London
(Memorial Day through Columbus Day)
Wednesday-Sunday / 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
(860) 444-7591
 

Harkness Memorial State Park
275 Great Neck Road, Waterford
Monday - Friday / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
(860) 443-5725

Hammonasset Beach State Park
1288 Boston Post Road, Madison
P.O. Box 271
Monday-Friday/ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
(203) 245-2785
To obtain a Charter Oak Pass by mail:
Send a LEGIBLE photocopy of your current CT drivers license or other legal proof of age and residency to: DEEP Charter Oak Pass, State Parks Division, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127. (Phone 860-424-3200)

Heritage Passport
The Heritage Passport allows the bearer to gain admittance to three facilities (Dinosaur , Fort Trumbull and Gillette Castle State Parks) for unlimited visitation until the end of the calendar year in which it was purchased.  The Heritage Passport cost is $67.00 and will allow a family (2 adults and up to 4 children) unlimited admittance to the three facilities. The Heritage Passport can be purchased at any one of the three facilities.

 
Disabled Veteran Pass (Life Use)
The Disabled Veteran Pass provides access to the State Parks and Forests and is available free to Connecticut residents who have a service connected disability.
The pass is accepted at all day use areas where a parking fee applies.  Presenting it allows free access for the entering vehicle and passengers.  The pass holder does not have to be the vehicle driver.
Free admittance is also provided for the Disabled Veteran Pass holder when visiting Gillette Castle, Dinosaur or Fort Trumbull State Parks.  All other visitors, however, will be required to pay the appropriate fee.
Please note that each pass is issued to a specific person and can only be used when presented by that individual.  The passes are non-transferable.  They are not valid for camping or special events having separate admission charges and may not be used for commercial purposes.
A Disabled Veteran Pass may be obtained in person at the following locations: (Proof of residency and service connected disability status required):
WESTERN CONNECTICUT EASTERN CONNECTICUT
DEEP State Parks Division
79 Elm Street, Hartford
Monday - Friday / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
(860) 424-3200
DEEP Eastern District H.Q.
209 Hebron Road, Marlborough
Monday - Friday / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
(860) 295-9523
DEEP Western District H.Q.
230 Plymouth Road, Harwinton
Monday - Friday / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
(860) 485-0226
DEEP Marine Headquarters
333 Ferry Road, Old Lyme
Monday -Friday / 8:30 am 4:00 pm
(860) 434-8638
Dinosaur State Park
West Street, Rocky Hill
9:00 am - 4:30 pm - closed Mondays
(860) 529-5816
Fort Griswold Battlefield St. Park
Park Avenue, Groton
(Memorial Day through Labor Day)
Wednesday-Sunday / 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
(860) 445-1729
Kellogg Environmental Center
Office of Communications and Education
500 Hawthorne Avenue, Derby
Tuesday - Saturday / 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
(203) 734-2513
Fort Trumbull State Park
90 Walbach Street, New London
(Memorial Day through Columbus Day)
Wednesday-Sunday / 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
(860) 444-7591
Sherwood Island State Park
Exit 18 off I-95, Westport
Monday - Friday / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
(203) 226-6983

Harkness Memorial State Park
275 Great Neck Road, Waterford
Monday - Friday / 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
(860) 443-5725

Hammonasset Beach State Park
1288 Boston Post Road, Madison
P.O. Box 271
Monday-Friday/ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
(203) 245-2785
Send a LEGIBLE photocopy of your current CT drivers license or other legal proof of residency AND your VA card or VA Benefits Letter indicating a service connected disability to: DEEP Disabled Veteran Pass, State Parks Division, 79 Elm Street, Hartford, CT 06106-5127, for more information please call (860) 424-3200.
 


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.

 
Content last updated December 2012