LONG ISLAND SOUND
MINUTES TO LONG ISLAND SOUND
Niantic Bay is wide open with good depths throughout, except for a few well-marked obstacles (e.g., Wigwam Rock, Black Rock and Three-Foot Rock). The entrance to the Niantic River (where all of the marinas are located) is in the northeast corner of the bay. Boaters must pass below 2 bridges. The railbridge has a vertical clearance of 17′ MHW when closed, while the highway bridge has a vertical clearance of 32′. Horizontal clearance through the inlet is 100′. Once inside the river, follow the well-marked channel closely, as it is bordered by shallow mud flats. NOTE: When navigating the inlet, be aware that the current can be quite strong, and it is possible to find yourself caught between the 2 drawbridges, which operate separately.