Branford River, CT.

The Branford River is located seven miles southeast of New Haven, CT, and 52 miles northwest of Point Montauk (Long Island). The Branford River is a popular stopover for cruising boaters due to the number of marinas in the area, its easy approach, and its relatively protected nature.

Navigating the Water:

Use NOAA Chart 12373.

From the southern part of Branford Harbor, pick up flashing red buoy 2 at Blyn Rock. Once you have picked up flashing red buoy 2, set a course for red nun buoy 4 at Bird Rock, and then head toward flashing green 7 and red nun 6 at Big Mermaid and Little Mermaid, respectively.

Once you have negotiated your way into the Branford River approach channel, chart a course to the northeast to intercept the mouth of the river at Branford Point (visible to the left in the image above). The entry channel reportedly has depths of seven feet throughout with a width of 100 feet.