Cove Island Park

(203) 977-4140
41.046984, -73.499496
1125 Cove Road
Stamford, CT 06902
Fairfield County

Cove Island Park is an 83-acre park with two sandy beaches, intertidal mudflats, a small salt marsh, and the bay made by Holly Pond and the Cove River. Developed recreation facilities include a one-mile walking/running trail, roller blade/cycling path, a children’s play area, and huge lawn areas. There are rocky shoreline areas for fishing and a small bluff with a view of the Long Island Sound. Tennis courts, basketball and volleyball courts are provided. The beach sand has a mix of crushed and broken shells with a light band of seaweed at the water’s edge. The slope to the water is gradual with the waves being almost non-existent.

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Hours Of Operation

5:30am to one hour after sunset

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No driving is allowed on the island except with a permit. Stamford residents, with vehicle registered in Stamford, may apply online for a beach sticker usable from May 1-Sept. 30th for $25. Stamford residents with a vehicle NOT registered in Stamford are charged $110. A seasonal weekday pass for non-residents is $225, which must be purchased in person. Those over age 62 receive a discount. Call the Cashiering and Permitting Division at (203) 977-4979 with questions.

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Life Guard Schedule

Supervised and unsupervised

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Not allowed

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Carry in/carry out beach with Captain Hooks Seafood Café located within the park. Beer is allowed until 9pm, and kegs are allowed with a permit. No glass containers are allowed. Grills are available in designated areas.

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Hotels/motels and rentals are within 5 minutes driving.

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Dogs on a leash are allowed in the park but not on the beaches.

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Picnic Area

Many picnic tables are available, some in the shade.

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Available on-site

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Public Transportation

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Restrooms / Showers

Restrooms are available 10-6pm daily.

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Surfing/Kayaking/Paddle Boarding

Not allowed; there is an access pier, boat slips at the marina, boating by permission, and kayaking.

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Walking Trails

A one-mile loop trail is available on-site for walkers, runners, roller bladders, and bikers.

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Water Quality


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Water Temperature

Click on “view more buoy data” to view water temperature.

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