Shoreline & Harbor
Milford's ideal location along Long Island Sound has given it a rich history of successful maritime enterprise. Shipbuilding, commercial fishing and, more recently, recreational boating, have been key elements in the city's commercial viability.
The 17 mile shoreline includes both Long Island Sound and the Housatonic River. There are also three small natural fresh water rivers that feed the Sound through estuaries. There are several areas along the shoreline that provide summer anchorage for boats of various sizes while most of the area provides beaches for residents and visitors.
Both salt and fresh water fishing are available with more salt than fresh.
Milford Harbor is the main waterway for boating. Three commercial marinas and the Milford Yacht Club offer boat slips. In addition, there are private docks and facilities for the State Agricultural and National Marine Fisheries laboratories.
Lisman Landing Marina at the Head of the Harbor
For reservations call: 203-874-1610 Fax 203-874-1619
A new municipal facility on Helwig Street welcomes visiting boaters to its 50 slip docking area.
There are three beaches that offer public parking; Gulf Beach, Silver Sands State Park and Walnut Beach. Silver Sands and Walnut Beach are in the same area.
Gulf Beach is located at the mouth of the harbor and has a food stand, a fishing pier and an observation deck facing Gulf Pond.
Silver Sands State Park is a work in progress. The main feature is a sandbar at low tide that enables one to walk out to Charles Island. Captain Kidd was reputed to have buried treasure on this 14 acre bit of land.
Walnut Beach has the best sand, the most parking, and some picnic tables.
Boat Launching Ramps
Milford has two boat launching ramps: one at the head of the harbor and the other off Naugatuck Ave on the Housatonic River.
The ramp at the head of the harbor is run by the Harbor Management Commission. Yearly, as well as daily, permits are available. The other ramp is maintained by the state and is free.
Audubon Coastal Center at Milford Point
Against a backdrop of a picturesque beachfront and thriving wildlife habitats, the Connecticut Audubon Coastal Center offers a special window onto one of the state's most precious natural resources, Long Island Sound.
Opened in 1995, the Coastal Center is located on an 8.4-acre barrier beach that is situated next to an 840-acre salt marsh at the mouth of the Housatonic River. These diverse and interactive environments of salt water, tidal marsh and freshwater create rich habitats which abound in plant and animal life that are ideal for observation and study.
Eisenhower Park has 220 acres devoted to hiking trails, tennis courts, a playground, a dog run, and other activities.
Wilcox Park is a small bird sanctuary with walking trails adjacent to the head of the harbor and Fowler Field. The field has tennis courts, a pavilion and baseball fields for youngsters.
The Milford Recreation Department runs a full schedule of activities for residents of all ages. From Aerobics to Yoga there is a program to fit every age and every desire. For details call 203-783-3280.
Milford has 24 playgrounds, parks and fields, 6 public beaches, 3 indoor swimming pools, 2 recreation centers, an indoor ice rink, an amusement center, 34 tennis courts, (including 5 indoor), 2 movie complexes with a total of 10 screens, health clubs, and a ten pin bowling facility.
One 9 hole golf courses are located within city limits, municipal executive course. Several 18 hole courses are located in the neighboring town of Orange.
Spectator sports in the area include the Pilot Pen Tennis Tournament, New Haven County Cutters Baseball Team, Bridgeport Bluefish Baseball Team, College sports, New Haven Skyhawks and professional sports teams in New York and Boston.
The Milford Fine Arts Council is one of the most active groups of its kind in the state. Drama, visual arts, crafts, photography, dance, and music are presented in various forums including their own Center for the Arts, a renovated former railroad station. Their annual sandcastle competition is renowned throughout New England. For more information about any of their activities call 203-878-6647.
close proximity to Milford are the concert halls, theaters, and museums
of New Haven and Bridgeport, including all that Yale University has to
offer. The bright lights of Broadway are just an hour and forty five minutes
away by train or car.
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