To Reach Out
Take exit 55 to merge onto CT-2 E toward Norwich/New London/I-84 E. Slight right at CT-11 S. Take exit 4 for CT-82 toward Salem/Hadlyme. Turn left at CT-82 E/E Haddam Rd. Turn right at CT-85 S/New London Rd. Turn left to merge onto I-95 N toward New London. Take exit 89 for Allyn St. Turn right onto Allyn St. Turn left at 2nd light onto New London rd. Go to bottom of hill and turn right onto Rt. 215/Water St. Follow for 2/10 of a mile and turn left onto Water St. Follow to the end.
From New York City:
Take I-95 North. Take exit 89 for Allyn St. Turn right onto Allyn St. Turn left at 2nd light onto New London Rd. Go to bottom of hill and turn right onto Rt. 215/Water St. Follow for 2/10 of a mile and turn left onto Water St. Follow to the end.
Take 95 south to exit 89 for Allyn St. Take left onto Allyn St. Turn left at 2nd light onto New London Rd. Go to bottom of hill and turn right onto Rt. 215/Water St. Follow for 2/10 of a mile and turn left onto Water St. Follow to the end.
The picturesque journey up the Mystic River should take approx. 30 minutes and will meet every expectation of a New England river scene. You will first pass by historic Noank, with its rich fishing heritage and many beautiful captains’ residences scattered along the river banks. Next you’ll cruise past Six Penny Island, which is a tidal wetland and home to a great variety of marine life. If you look closely, you may be lucky and catch a glimpse of majestic herons, egrets and ospreys.
The mouth of the Mystic River must be approached from the east or west, as there is an island (Ram Island) directly south of the channel entrance. The channel is clearly marked. You should have no problem if you practice good seamanship: follow the marks, keep track of visible landmarks and stay in the channel.
Unless you have kept up with the Coast Guard’s “Notice to Mariners”, you might find that the marks are not exactly where your chart says they are. This is a common problem in all inland waters, because the charts are not updated as frequently as the buoys are relocated.
About a half-mile north of Mason’s Island, you’ll come to the Amtrak railroad bridge (vertical clearance is 8 feet mhw). The railroad bridge is usually open to river traffic and closes briefly to allow trains to pass. You may hail the bridge tender on VHF # 13, “Mystic River Railroad Bridge”, to inquire about the opening schedule.
Fort Rachel Marina is located on the west bank of the Mystic River just north of the railroad swing bridge.
Please hail our Dock Master on VHF CHANNEL 09 prior to passing through the railroad bridge. The Dock Master will give you your slip assignment and further docking instructions.
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How close is Fort Rachel to downtown?
Less than half a mile or about a 5 minute stroll.
What channel does Fort Rachel monitor?
VHF CHANNEL 9
What channel does the railroad bridge monitor?
VHF CHANNEL 13
How often does the railroad bridge open during the summer season?
The bridge opens on demand in accordance with the Amtrak train schedule. Hail them on VHF CHANNEL 13 to request an opening.
How soon should I book a transient reservation?
Space is limited and summer weekends tend to be very busy, so the sooner you can book a reservation the better we may be able to accommodate your needs.
What is Fort Rachel’s maximum slip length for transient dockage?
Is ice available on the premises?
Yes, Fort Rachel has an ice machine stocked with cubes and blocks.
Does Fort Rachel allow winter storage live-aboards?
Is there pump-out service available at the marina?
Fort Rachel does not have pump-out on site, however there is a service available on the Mystic river that will come to your boat at the marina. Ask us for details.