Connecticut;s system of state parks and forests, state boat launches, and waterways, provide many opportunities for outdoor recreation for residents and visitors alike. These range from camping and fishing to hiking, boating, and picnicking. The Bureaus of Outdoor Recreation and Natural Resources lead the agency's outdoor recreation efforts by acquiring and managing lands with an eye toward providing public use that is compatible with long term protection of natural resources.
The state of Connecticut currently provides four public campsites along the Connecticut River at Hurd, Gillette Castle, River Highlands and Selden Neck State Parks. These campsites offer primitive, riverside sites with fireplaces and pit toilets for individuals traveling on the river.