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Rocky Neck State Park Swim Area Re-Opened, DEEP Says

If you were at Hammonasset earlier today and saw more visitors than usual, that's because Rocky Neck State Park swim area in East Lyme was closed for part of the day Thursday and visitors were redirected to Hammo. It later re-opened.

 

Editor's note: State Department of Energy & Environmental Protection officials say the Rocky Neck swim area has been re-opened as of 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

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Original story:

The Rocky Neck State Park Twitter Feed is reporting that the Rocky Neck State Park swim area remains closed due to high bacteria levels and that swimmers are advised to go to Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison instead.

"Rocky Neck Swim Area remains closed today-if U want 2 go2 the beach, please visit Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison CT today-Thanks!"

The Twitter feed also says that bacteria levels are high following Monday's torrential rains.

Hammonasset's Twitter feed says that, in addition to swimming, families can enjoy an outdoors explorer program today and a kids craft program. Stop by the Meig's Point Nature Center to find out if there's still room.

To find out more about Hammonasset, you can visit their webpage. Hammonasset, known locally as Hammo, has about 2.5 miles of beach, making it Connecticut's largest shoreline park.

Here are directions:

From the north/Hartford area: take I-91 south to Route 9 south. Off Route 9, take Exit 9. Turn right (south) onto Route 81; continue down Route 81 until you run into I-95. Turn right onto I-95 south entrance ramp and go approximately 1 mile to Exit 62, then turn left off the exit. Head south 1 mile down Hammonasset connector, go straight through the light crossing Route 1 (Boston Post Road) into the park.

From the south area/East Lyme: take I-95 north, Exit 62. Take a right off the exit ramp onto Hammonasset I-95 connector. Park entrance will be 1 mile ahead.

From the east/Rhode Island area: take I-395 south onto I-95 south, Exit 62. Take a left off the exit and go approximately 1 mile. Go straight through the traffic light crossing Route 1 (Boston Post Road).

From the west/New York area: take I-95 north, Exit 62. Take a right off the exit and go approximately 1 mile. Go straight through the traffic light crossing Route 1 (Boston Post Road) into the park.

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