Recreation Facilities in Chester, Connecticut

We are so fortunate to live near so many beautiful bodies of water. Within walking distance from Chester Center is Chester Cove and of course the majestic Connecticut River. Both are great for canoeing and kayaking. The river can also be explored by motorboat, sailboat, or dingy. Just across the river are Selden Creek and Whalebone Creek, both accessible by watercraft with a shallow draft and well worth a detour.

Four miles up the road we have Cockaponset State Forest which is suitable for fishing, hiking and swimming in Cockaponset Lake. On your way to the forest, you will pass Cedar Lake, another great swimming and fishing hole that has a state boat launch.

If you are traveling by boat we have many wonderful marinas. They all take transients, but Chrisholm is only one that offers complimentary car service into town.

castle view marina

Castle Marina
A well protected marina on Chester Creek with secure winter storage available. In the summer you can enjoy your boat with family and friends, swim in the pool and relax in the gazebo.
61 Railroad Avenue 860-526-2735

chester point marina

Chester Point Marina
A full-service marina! Slips, inside/outside winter storage, mechanical, rigging, painting/fiberglass, welding/fabrication and boat sales. Swimming pool, picnic areas, satellite TV, Wi-Fi and marine store. Open year-round. Transients welcome!
72 Railroad Avenue 860-526-1661

Chester Boat Basin
- Petzolds.
Formerly Christholm Marina.
A full-service marina in a park-like setting with the personnel & facilities for all boating needs, summer and winter. Wooden boats are welcome.
226 Middlesex Avenue 860-526-5147

hayes haven marina

Hays Haven Marina
A family owned and operated marina, with gas dock (89, 93 Octane and Diesel fuel), bathroom facilities, ship store, picnic area, launch ramp, transient slips and winter storage.
59 Railroad Avenue 860-526-9366

camp hazen
Camp Hazen YMCA
Summer youth resident and day camps, teen leadership programs. Year-round outdoor education, team building and leadership development programs, retreats and conferences.
204 West Main Street 860-526-9529

cedar lake beach
Cedar Lake
Bordered by Cockaponsett State Forest on the northeast, this 75-acre lake has a public beach on Route 148 to the southeast. A public, state-owned boat launch is located at the northern end. Fishing season begins on the third Saturday in April and ends on the last day of February. Info: 860-526-0013

cockaponset forest lake
Cockaponset State Forest
Pattaconk Lake. Enjoy swimming, fishing, mountain biking, hiking and cross country skiing, in CT's second largest state forest. The forest recreation areas are open from 8 am to sunset. Other areas are open 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. Info: 860-663-2030

Guest House Retreat
and Conference Center
A not-for-profit educational retreat and conference center offering a wide range of programs. We also host organizations and teachers who wish to present their own retreats, conferences, or programs.
318 West Main Street 860-322-5770

True Form Training Center
TOTAL BODY fitness starts with the foundation of proper movement, using the revolutionary TrueForm Runner. Every TrueForm Training Center program is focused on helping you live your life better, faster, stronger and more efficiently. We believe the foundations of health start from the ground up and how you move, walk, run, carry, push, pull impacts your body. Learning to live with TrueForm is the safest and most effective way to build strength, endurance and a healthy body.
8 Inspiration Lane 860-322-0081

flightway farm
Flight Way Farm
Riding lessons on kind, safe horses help build self-esteem and confidence. 40 years of teaching experience. Terry Schreiber
40 Winthrop Road 860-526-9683


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