We left from the Bluff Point boat launch (41 20.131'N, 72 2.067'W) and paddled down past the airport on the right. Our destination was Bushy Point Beach.
We landed on the bay side side of the beach (41 19.209'N, 72 2.754'W) about 1.3 miles later. We carried our kayaks the short distance over the dune to the ocean side (about 25 yards) and spent a couple hours letting the kids play in the water. There were a few jelly fish, but they were easy to see. There were also some biting, green flies that eventually drove us away.
For the return trip we put in on the ocean side since the surf was so calm. The tide was heading out, so we had to fight a bit of current around the point. There was some very shallow break water (41 19.143'N, 72 3.010'W) that probably isn't passable at low tide, but we made it over with a few inches beneath us.
It's a very pleasant, but small, beach, free of noise, trash, or PWCs.
The parking lot is huge, but I imagine it gets full on weekends. There are chemical toilets in the summer months.
Coming from I-95 North: Take exit 88. Turn right onto SR 117 South. Turn right at the end onto Route 1 South. Take a left at the first light onto Depot Road. Park entrance is at the end of the road.
Coming from I-95 South: Take exit 88. Turn left onto SR 117 South. Turn right at the end onto Route 1 South. Take a left at the first light onto Depot Road. Park entrance is at the end of the road.
Bluff Point State Park's website: www.ct.gov/dEP/
- Trip Duration: Day Trip
- Sport/Activity: Kayaking, Canoeing
- Skill Level: Beginner
- Water Type: Open Water/Ocean