Kings Island Boat Launch / Angelo Sferrazza Memorial Park
DEEP Water Access / Enfield Town Park
17 acres in Enfield, CT
Parking: Medium sized lot near 49 Parsons Rd, Enfield, CT
Trail Map Trails: Less than a mile Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
The Kings Island Boat Launch has also been known as the Parsons Boat Launch. It has a long concrete ramp and a good sized parking area. The launch is most popular during the shad season. There are a few posted regulations:
- (A) A 25 MPH nighttime speed limit from 1/2 hour after sunset until 1/2 hour before sunrise on all days of the year.
- (B) A 30 MPH limit from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset on Saturdays and Sundays from the Saturday preceding Memorial Day to the Sunday preceding Labor Day inclusive and on Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.
- (C) A 45 MPH limit, from 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset, Monday through Friday, inclusive, during all seasons, and on Saturdays and Sundays from the Saturday following Labor Day to the Friday preceding Memorial Day.
The is a small picnic area and a bit of area to explore along the shore for fishing depending on water levels. I visited during a drought in September 2020 and had to walk in shallow water a good ways past the end of the boat launch to float. The launch is the best for Kings Island who’s northern tip is only 1,500ft away.
I’ve seen some positive reports for fishing along the Enfield side and in the deep water channel between the islands, but mostly smallmouth and small in general. The water was so low on my visit that no was even attempting it. The launch is popular during shad season.
At the corner of the parking lot is the Angelo Sferrazza Memorial Park with a half mile out and back trail along the river bank. The trail is narrow, but well traveled. I thankfully didn’t have quite the same experience at Steve from CTMQ, but I can definitely confirm that there is no real reason to seek this trail out.
The land for the Angelo Sferrazza Memorial Park has been leased at the town of Enfield for $1/year since 1966 but the park wasn’t officially opened until its dedication in 2013.
CTMQ – Angelo Joseph Sferrazza Memorial Park (2016)