Launch site closed for renovations

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The Barn Island state boat launch in Stonington, Conn., is closed for renovations for part of the summer.

The Barn Island state boat launch in Stonington, Conn., is closed for renovations for part of the summer.

The closure will be effective through Aug. 1, while the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection upgrades and enhances the boat launch. The $700,000 renovation project is funded by the Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Fund, which supports projects that enhance boating access.

Renovations to the Barn Island State Boat Launch will include:

• installing a new, wider ramp of pre-cast concrete;

• creating a gravel area west of the launch ramp for use by kayaks, canoes, windsurfers and so on;

• constructing two concrete bulkheads with aluminum gangways each leading to 8-foot-wide and 80-foot-long, handicapped accessible floating docks;

• dredging near the proposed ramp and floating docks;

• removing the submerged rock hazard adjacent to the ramp;

• redesigning, reconstructing and paving the parking area.

“The rehabilitation of the boat launch will enhance recreational opportunities at Barn Island for all boaters to enjoy,” Eleanor Mariani, director of DEP’s boating division, says in a statement. “The renovations will improve boating operations with better designed parking, a wider boat ramp, and additional floating docks.”

While the renovations are taking place, the public can use the following boat launches to access Long Island Sound: Bayberry Lane State Boat Launch in Groton, K.E. Streeter State Boat Launch on the Thames River in Groton and the Thames River State Boat Launch in New London. www.dep.state.ct.us/rec/boat ing/guide.htm.