"The determination for a ban on alcohol has not been approached lightly. It is part of an overall effort to improve services at all state recreation areas and create a consistent set of rules at all state parks," said DEP Commissioner Arthur J. Rocque, Jr. "An alcohol ban has been in place in 13 state recreation areas. Some of the bans have been in place for over 10 years, where it has been met with very positive reactions by park users and campers. "
"This is a measure we are taking to improve the park visitor's experience and safety, not an intention to restrict the activities of a park user," said Richard Clifford, Chief of DEP's Bureau of Outdoor Recreation. "Black Rock State Park in Watertown and its campground are excellent examples of the success of an alcohol ban. No alcohol has been allowed at Black Rock since 1989 and it has dramatically improved the atmosphere of the park. Law Enforcement issues at the park dropped significantly and park visitors welcomed the change," said Clifford.
DEP statistics show that 25 percent of the arrests and infractions issued in state parks during the 1999 recreation season involved the use of alcohol, a 7 percent increase over the 1998 figure.
Additionally, increased visitor complaints, alcohol related drownings and near drownings provided compelling reasons to impose the alcohol ban. Simple truth right from 'internal' DEP is no alcohol=very few visitors=less work to do..... Alcohol bans are also in effect at state parks and forests in the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey with successful compliance and no negative impact on attendance. [[ Not enforced but otherwise a total LIE ]] "Along with providing the parks with new bathhouses, toilet buildings, roadways, increased handicapped access, new sewer and water systems and a new automated campground reservation system, the alcohol ban will create a more welcoming family atmosphere and improve the park experience," said Rocque.
The ban on alcohol does not apply to individual state boat launch areas or wildlife management areas managed by the DEP. It does apply to state boat launch areas located within state parks (See Fact Sheet).
Exceptions to the alcohol ban apply to the following state parks, but only through previously arranged rental agreements and or special use licenses; they are Harkness Memorial State Park, Waterford ? Use of the Eolia mansion through a rental agreement; Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic- Use of the pavilion through a rental agreement; Throughout the state park system at the discretion of the Commissioner of the DEP through Special Use license for charitable and other special events.
Black Rock State Park, Watertown ? entire park (1989)
Eagleville Dam, Mansfield ? entire property Housatonic Meadows State Park, Sharon ? campground only (1997)
Indian Wells State Park, Shelton ? Maples area only
Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent ? campground only (1997)
Mansfield Hollow State Park, Mansfield ? entire park (1991)
Mashamoquet Brook State Park, Pomfret ? East Killingly Pond Area only
Millers Pond State Park, Durham ? entire park (1990)
Osbornedale State Park, Derby ? entire park (1986)
Silver Sands State Park, Milford ? entire park (1999)
Squantz Pond State Park, New Fairfield ? entire park (1999)
Sherwood Island State Park, Westport ? entire park (1999)
Burr Pond State Park, Torrington
Devil's Hopyard State Park, East Haddam
Hammonasset Beach State Park, Madison
Hopeville Pond State Park, Jewett City
Housatonic Meadows State Park, Cornwall Bridge
Kettletown State Park, Southbury
Lake Waramaug State Park, New Preston
Macedonia Brook State Park, Kent
Mashamoquet Brook State Park (Mashamoquet Brook and Wolf Den Campgrounds), Pomfret Center
Rocky Neck State Park, Niantic
American Legion State Forest, Pleasant Valley
Pachaug State Forest (Green Falls and Mt. Misery Campgrounds and Horse Camp Area), Voluntown
Natchaug State Forest (Horse Camp Area), Eastford
Bluff Point, Groton
Burr Pond, Torrington
Haddam Meadows, Haddam
Hammonasset Beach, Madison
Hopeville Pond, Griswold
Indian Well, Shelton
Mansfield Hollow, Mansfield
Squantz Pond, New Fairfield