DEEP: Swimming Safety at CT State Parks and Forests

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Safety at State Swimming Areas

The Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP) reminds visitors to Connecticut State Park swimming areas that summer safety goes hand-in-hand with summer fun. Visitors to Connecticut State beaches need to be aware of important safety information.
Signs are posted to indicate where swimming or entry into the water is prohibited, when there is no lifeguard on duty, if the water quality is not safe for swimming, what the different color flags indicate, and list the Beach Rules. Please read all signs in the area where you recreate.
A color-coded flag system indicates the perimeters of the area where lifeguards are actively watching swimmers. 
The flags have been color-coded to resemble a traffic light:
  • Green Flag OPEN, lifeguards are supervising swimming area.
  • Yellow Flag - WARNING, no lifeguard on duty. Although swimming is allowed, please take additional precautions when in these areas.
  • Red Flag - CLOSED, the area is temporarily unsafe. Park personnel will determine when it is safe to re-open the area. Reasons for red flags can be weather conditions such as lightening, poor water quality or visibility, or any other unsafe condition.