5 Exhilarating Jet Skiing Spots in Connecticut

5 Exhilarating Jet Skiing Spots in Connecticut

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With wind in your hair and the waves splashing, feel the thrill of a speedy ride on the water. Jet skiing in Connecticut’s numerous bodies of water is a great summertime activity—and is perfect for active types looking for an adrenaline rush. But where can you launch your personal watercraft in Connecticut? Continue reading to learn five excellent jet skiing spots with launches in the active Nutmeg State.

1. Candlewood Lake

This idyllic man-made lake is the largest in Connecticut at 8.4 square-miles. Due to its massive size, Candlewood Lake is a scenic spot ideal for practicing numerous watersports. Boating and jet skiing are allowed with maximum speeds of 45 mph during the day and 25 mph at night. For rentals, check out Brookfield’s Echo Bay Marina.  

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2. Boardwalk Marina, Stratford, CT

At Boardwalk Marina, visitors seeking a fun day on the water can rent a new Yamaha jet ski and launch directly from the marina. Traveling through the waters of the Long Island Sound will certainly prove to be a day out to remember. Do note that renters must have a valid Connecticut personal watercraft license, be 21 or over, and have a valid driver’s license.

3. Long Island Sound

Lakes provide a smooth surface to tear through the water on a jet ski, but for a bumpy and adrenaline-pumping ride, Long Island Sound is the spot. Check out the Connecticut DEEP website for a map of the local boat launches to find the right spot to get your day started. Be sure to check out local regulations, as well. On a good day, you can catch some serious air on Long Island Sound—truly a thrill seeker's dream! 

4. Lower Housatonic River, Derby, CT

Entering near the Derby Dam, the Lower Housatonic River allows jet skiing and is a great place to explore due to the beautiful small islands and great spots to stop for lunch—either bring along a picnic or stop at a waterside restaurant. From here, you could even venture into the Long Island Sound.

5. Coventry Lake

Head to Coventry for the lake’s boat launch and set off on a jet skiing adventure! Be sure to check the DEEP website for official rules about maximum speeds and when/where you can utilize your jet ski. For both a thrilling and scenic jet skiing journey, do not miss out on Coventry Lake.