Harbormaster / Harbor Management Commission

The Old Lyme Harbor Management Commission provides two Town moorings for transient boaters and public use in the anchorage off the CT River north of Calves Island. The moorings, located toward the beginning of the channel north of the Calves Island anchorage when heading to Lord Cove, are marked by white mooring balls marked “Town of Old Lyme Transient Mooring 2 night maximum”, and have 800 lb. anchors.

Dinghy landing is available on the east side of the anchorage at the Pilgrim Landing launch site which is next to the dinghy storage racks. This landing is only a short walk to the stores and restaurants on Halls Road. Other stores and attractions are also within walking distance on Lyme Street at the east end of Halls Road.

The Old Lyme Harbor Management Plan was among the first in the State to be approved by the DEP (now DEEP). The Old Lyme Harbor Ordinance was enacted in 1994 and revised in 1999. An ordinance enacting an Addendum to the Harbor Management Plan was adopted in 2009 to establish Harbor Use Zones and Dock Standards both Town wide and for each zone. This Addendum has been effective in protecting the natural resources of our waterways and tidal wetlands while enabling property owners to enjoy their right to water access with dock structures in compliance with the standards. Copies of the complete plan and related documentation are available on this site, and at the Memorial Town Hall.

The Old Lyme Harbor Management Ordinance requires that prior to dropping a mooring in Old Lyme waters, an annual permit is needed. Application forms are available in the Selectman's Office, and on this site. With accessibility being one of the key issues around moorings in Old Lyme, the Harbor Management Commission strongly recommends that you review a chart of the area before applying. An inspection of your mooring tackle is also required prior to permit approval. A list of local Inspectors, tackle requirements and an inspection form are included in the application packet.

In 2002, The Harbor Management Commission used state grant funds to construct a dinghy dock on Ferry Road, near the State DEP headquarters. In 2016, the Commission also completed the dredging of the Black Hall and 4 Mile Rivers. This project was funded with grants from the State of CT Department of Transportation in 2011 & 2015 totaling over $2 million.

Laminated Canoe/Kayak Trail maps for the State Boat Launch on Smith's Neck Road and Middle Cove in Essex are available in the Selectman's Office at Memorial Town Hall. The maps were prepared by CRERPA, the Connecticut River Estuary Regional Planning Agency, with funds from the Long Island Sound License Plate program.

Please contact the Harbormaster or Chairman of the HMC with any questions by calling Town Hall 860-434-1605.

Staff Contacts

Name Title
Harry Plaut Harbormaster (ex officio)

Commission Members

Name Title
Steve Ross Chair
John MacDonald Vice Chair
William Harris Treasurer
Michael Magee Secretary
Michael Mackey Deputy Harbormaster
Tom Meyer Mooring Records Coordinator
Mark Beatty Member
Robert Falaguerra Member
George Finley Member
Jeffrey Meinke Member
Teri Lewis Alternate
Richard Shriver Alternate
Chris Staab Alternate