Charts: NOAA 12372, 13214
If approaching Noank from the west, you can pass between RN “22” off Groton Point and buoy BRC “DIR” marking Intrepid Rock. Once past Groton Point, head due north if bound for Palmer Cove and Palmer’s Cove Marina. Note that clearance below the road bridge is 5 feet and water depth is 2 to 4 feet at MLW. Also beware the shoal extending from Esker Point and old pilings to starboard along the point as you approach the bridge.
If bound for Spicer’s Marina, in West Cove, head northeast after passing Groton Point (RN “22”). Keep east of the shoal extending from Esker Point. As you approach West Cove, you will pick up the channel buoys leading to the marina docks. There is a long breakwater in front of Spicer’s that is not shown on older charts.
If bound for Noank Shipyard or Noank Village Boatyard, head for GC “3”, then R “4” (Whale Rock). Turn east and round QG “5” tower off Morgan Point and head north into the Mystic Harbor channel. You’ll see the marina docks and buildings to port along Morgan Point.
If approaching from the east, the safest bet is to stay south of R “2” and Ram Island Reef, then head for GC “1” (an alternate route is the channel between Ram Island and Mason Island). Keep west of GC “3” if bound for Palmer Cove or West Cove. If bound for Mystic and the marinas on the east side of Morgan Point, pass between RN “2” and GC “3” and head for R “4”. Turn east after clearing R “4” and round QG “5” off Morgan Point and enter the channel leading to Mystic Harbor. You’ll see the marina docks and buildings to port.
- Gas/diesel are available at Nyman’s and Noank Shipyard (see below).
- 6 transient moorings are administered and maintained by Ford’s Lobsters, behind Nyman’s Dock, on the east side of Groton Point.
- Nyman’s Dock: Fuel dock, shaved ice, gas, diesel, bait.
- Noank Shipyard (860-536-9651; VHF 9): Large, full-service marina with transient slips, moorings, launch service, fuel dock, haulout, service, repair, WiFi, cable, power and water.
- Spicer’s Marina (860-536-4978; VHF 68): Large, full-service marina offering transient slips and moorings, with launch service. Also has a ship’s store, showers, restrooms, laundry, haulout, service and more. Docks have power and water.
- Palmer’s Cove Marina (860-536-6207): Mostly small-boat marina located north of the Groton Long Point Rd. Bridge. Offers slips, service, storage.
- Noank Village Boatyard (860-536-1770; VHF 32): Offers transient slips with water and power, moorings, launch service, laundry, restrooms, pumpout, showers, free WiFi, picnic area with grills, service and haulout.
- Ram Island Yacht Club (860-536-9014): Private club offering 3 transient mooring on first-come, first-served basis. No launch service.
- Custom Marine Canvas (860-572-9547): Located next to Spicer’s Marina, Custom Marine Canvas specializes in all types of marine exterior and interior coverings and enclosures, including custom dodgers, sailcovers, Bimini tops, and more. Also makes a line of nifty “Nautical Chart” tote and duffel bags featuring chart sections.
- Maxwell Boat Yard (860-536-9076): Small marina with moorings but no launch service, on the eastern shore of Morgan Point.
The primary deep-water (7-11′ MLW) anchorage off Noank is east of Ram Island. This spot offers good protection and decent holding ground. The Noank harbormaster also maintains a designated transient anchorage off the east side of Groton Point in 5′ MLW. Visitors can leave their dingy tied up during the day at the town landing at the foot of Main Street. Overnight tie-up is not allowed.
- James Giblin
- The nearest private boat ramp in Niantic is on West Cove, at Wild Bill’s Action Sports next to Spicer’s Marina. Wild Bill’s charges $8 to launch. It is also a tackle shop that carries ice, lures, rods, reels, snacks and boating supplies. (860-536-6648)
- A small-boat and kayak put-in can also be found on Esker Point. This provides access to Palmer Cove.
- The nearest state boat ramp is the Bayberry Lane Boat Launch, west of Noank. This is a double-wide, concrete slab ramp with parking for 30 rigs. There is no fee. This ramp affords quick access to the Sound, but fills quickly in summer.
- A smaller dirt ramp for kayaks, canoes and other carry-in vessels can be found at Bluff Point State Park, also west of the Noank. There is parking for 40 vehicles.
- Mystic River Kayak (860-245-0588)
- Palmer Cove and Mumford Cove offer protected kayaking. You can enter the former behind The Fisherman restaurant or at Esker Point. Bluff Point State Park, west of Noank, is another good place to launch.
- Universal Food (860-536-0122): Limited market/grocery store with sandwiches, deli and produce.
- Yellow Cab (860-536-8888)
- Port City Taxi (860-444-9222)
- Noank Historical Society Museum: Dedicated to preserving Noank’s maritime past, the museum is a short stroll from most of the Noank marinas. Also holds art exhibits in summer.
- See also BoatingLocal’s “Focus on Mystic” for lots of things to see and do near Noank.
- Abbot’s Lobster in the Rough (860-536-7719): Located on the eastern shore of Morgan Point. Dock n’ dine, but call ahead.
- Costello’s Clam Shack (860-572-2779): Located next to Abbot’s on the eastern shore of Morgan Point. Dock n’ dine, but call ahead.
- Nyman’s Dock: Small fuel and bait dock where you can pull up for a lobster roll at Ford’s Lobsters.
- Olive a Little: Delicious coffees, muffins, cheeses and sandwiches at 19 Pearl Street, next to Universal Food. Great lunch take-out items.
- Carson’s Store (860-536-0059): Lunch counter with a few tables serving breakfast, lunch, and ice cream.
- The Seahorse Restaurant (860-536-1670): A popular local institution at Spicer’s Marina. Closed briefly in 2010, but scheduled to reopen spring 2011.
- The Fisherman (860-536-1717): Large restaurant and bar located near Spicer’s and Palmer’s Cove Marinas.
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