Monday, September 1, 2014

Rocky Neck State Park and Beach

When we left the Twain home, we took a drive back to the beaches.  We drove over to Rocky Neck State Park which is near East Lyme, Connecticut.  This beach is very close to the end of the Long Island Sound.

The park is bounded on the west by a tidal river and to the east by a broad salt marsh.  Rocky Neck was known to both Indians and colonists as a place of abundant fish and wildlife. Today, high spring tides allow schools of alewives (herring) to swim into Bride Brook toward inland spawning grounds. The osprey, or fish hawk, is a frequent early summer visitor. In the fall, cranes, herons and mute swans wade among cattails and rose mallow. Seasonal changes provide opportunities to fish for mackerel, striped bass, blackfish and flounder.

Recently they did a culvert restoration project to maintain the connection between the Long Island Sound and Bride Brook.  Bride Brook connects the salt marsh to Long Island Sound.  The increased tidal flows into the marsh will improve opportunities for fish and other animals to go to the marshes for food and protective habitat.

People can swim in the water without waves in this area also.

White Sand

This boardwalk goes the length of the white beaches and runs along the railroad track which can be seen above the boardwalks in the pictures below.

When you leave the beach there is a sand removing station that we both took advantage of.

After we left the beach, we headed back to the campground which got a little complicated as our GPS battery died and the tip of the 12 volt plug came off in the receptacle making it impossible to use the receptacle.  Lee ended up reading the map because our phone couldn't pick up a signal either.  We had to stop several times to make sure we were on the right path.  We finally did get home about 11 PM.  It was a great day until the trip home!!

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