Our boat launches are open Memorial Day through Labor Day. You may launch boats during park hours, from sunrise to sunset

East Hartford Boat Launch Fees, Great River Park: 

  • Single-day fee: $20, season permit must be obtained at the town of East Hartford’s Parks & Recreation office. 
  • Season permits may be purchased over the phone by calling 860-291-7160 or by mailing in a registration form. The form can be found on the Town of East Hartford’s website.  

Hartford Boat Launch Fees, Charter Oak Landing & Riverside Park: 

  • Season and single-day passes for Hartford launches must be purchased in person from a park ranger.
  • Residents: single-day fee: $10; season fee: $100 
  • Non-residents: single-day fee $20; season fee: $200
  • Permits are issued based on the location where the boat is registered. MDC-serviced towns pay the resident rate, which applies to Bloomfield, East Hartford, Hartford, Newington, Rocky Hill, Wethersfield, West Hartford, and Windsor. 
  • Permits must be paid for using cash.
  • Checks are not accepted. Coins are not accepted.
  • Bills larger than $20 are not accepted unless they are being used as exact payment for a season pass.

Rules & Important Information:

  • Please be aware that a no-wake zone extends from the Charter Oak Landing jetty to the train trestle north of Riverside Park’s Boathouse
  • Overnight docking is not permitted.
  • The launches in Great River Park & Riverside Park are handicap-accessible
  • Season passes must be affixed to the boat or the boat trailer.
  • All launches are subject to safety inspection by our rangers.

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