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Old 11-09-2004, 11:26 AM
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Thames River Boat Ramp

I was wondering if anyone on the forum has knowledge of the Thames River boat ramp. It is listed as a tidal ramp, But no more information was listed as to how llong it would be unavailable at or near low tide. Can anyone provide more detail as to how long it is closed at or near low tide. Is it very deep around it.
Rather not find out the hard way if I don't have too.

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Old 11-09-2004, 11:47 AM
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Greg,

Not a boater so I don't know the limitations but another ramp in the area is Pleasure Beach in Waterford. Would be a short hop to the Thames and puts you in right at the power plant.

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Old 11-09-2004, 11:57 AM
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Hi Sean,

I'll keep that in mind. Is that ramp open throughout the tides as far as you know? It's really nice not to have to worry about getting there at a certain tide/time or what your boat drafts etc...

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Old 11-09-2004, 12:17 PM
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Greg,

I think so but to be honest I haven't really paid attention and don't fish there that often. The water surrounding the rocks is pretty deep though. The ramp is kind of sparse as far as amenities go. Just a space cut out through the rocks. No place to tie off or anything. Proabably a two man job.

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Old 11-09-2004, 12:37 PM
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Sean is right, and I'd like to add that that place can be a real pain to launch/load a boat when there is any wind from the south, particularly the southwest.

There's a spot on the Thames that many of the locals use to tap into the river's winter striper fishery. Hopefully someone here knows of it and will speak up.
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Old 11-09-2004, 12:39 PM
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Prior to Oct 2001...

I kept a 21' SeaSwirl cuddy at a friend's place up the river (Wilson's Marina)...
There are 2 nice ramps under the I-95 bridge...
One on the Groton (east) side and one on the New London (west) side of the Thames...
The New London side was near a tuff part of town and leaving valuable in the truck was an open invitation to trouble...what else is new?!
I didn't launch there but fished the area when coming/going to Fishers, Sugar Reef, Race Rock, where ever...
The facility may be pulled for the season...?!
Plenty of water at all tides and nothing to hit but the bridge (unless you get creative)...
There's also a public ramp up the river on the west side in Montville (near a power plant as I recall)...'launched there once and saw no problems with tide or hazzards...
A substantial Striped hold over population up river near Norwich with finder returns resembling underwater ledges and submarines!
An internet search may yield better ramp info...
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Old 11-09-2004, 01:23 PM
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Thanks guys,

Appreciate the details on the ramps and potential problems with the west side ramp one might encounter when using them. I've read quite abit about the winter striper fishery on the thames. Sounds like a pretty big population there to check out. Might try alittle winter fishing around there as long as we don't have a deep freeze like last years winter. Not much of an Ice Fisherman .

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Greg try this site it should have the info you need. http://www.lisrc.uconn.edu/coastalaccess/index.asp
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Old 11-09-2004, 03:41 PM
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Hi Fishhawk,

Thanks for the URL to the CT coastal access site. It was there that I found it was listed as a tidal access. With the numberous situations I have been in with Tidal access it was a red flag that prompted this post!

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Old 11-10-2004, 12:11 AM
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Greg,

How are ya? Grew up boating the Thames in a little 16' footer. Its been years since I've done it but here's what I remember.

I second Penguin's post on the New London ramp. Easy access but baddd neighborhood . Montville has a solid ramp but last time I was their, there is a lot of underwater structure that you have to watch out for at low.

Two that haven't been mentioned (I don't think)

1. Norwich, newer ramp no tide problems and plenty of docks. One man job with a long line you can pull the boat off the trailer right up to the dock and then park. Half hour cruise to the mouth of the river.

2. Spicer's in Groton. Have no idea how to get there (its past Pfizers) last time I was there I wasn't old enough to drive but it's at Spicer's marina and used to always be in good shape. Now that I think about it, it's almost on the UCONN Avery Point campus.

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Old 11-10-2004, 08:10 AM
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Hi Dave,

I'm doing well thanks. Hope your still happy with the new job and living situation.
Thanks for sharing your memories and infomation regarding acccess to the Thames. I was certainly heading towards the ramp in the bad neighborhood prior to Penguin's post and your confirmation of it being an issue. I like the sound of the one up in the Norwich area. I'll probably give it a try pretty soon to check out the winter Striper fishery there. As I recall I will have to get a freshwater license in CT. I'll have to look into the ramps at Spicers, Montville and the east side ramp, I assume they charge a fee at Spicers if it's at a marina.

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Old 11-10-2004, 02:17 PM
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On Spicer's, I don't think so. It's not actually owned by the marina. It's right next door.
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