Milford Harbor….Long Island Sound

by admin on December 30, 2011

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Milford harbor is becoming a very popular harbor to cruise to, both for its charm and the easy access to downtown restaurants and shops from the waterfront docks. From the protected anchorage behind Charles Island and the mainland, to the numerous marinas along the protected inner harbor, to the charming “New Englandy” center of town, there is plenty to explore and enjoy for just about anyone. The approach to the harbor is simple and straightforward. Rounding Welches Point from the East, it’s a straight shot to the harbor entrance. Take care to follow the channel markers, as the depth outside the channel gets rather shallow. The channel was dredged in 1991 to a depth of 9 feet across 100 feet of width. The waterfront itself is very neat, with lovely homes a few small parks and areas where boater’s can congregate. There is a one-man submarine on display that is fun to visit. It belonged to an ingenious oysterman, Simon Lake, who used his tiny Explorer to see what he was doing when he dredged for oysters.

Among the five marinas along the harbor, Milford Boat Works has a fairly well stocked chandlery, next to it, is Milford Landing, a small all-transient marina designed to attract cruisers to Milford. This marina provides dockage for 35 transient vessels and a small commercial fishing fleet. The marina is also home to several shell fishing boats that provide clams, oysters, and lobsters direct to the cruisers. A short walk will take you to downtown with the green and numerous shops and restaurants, including Archie Moore’s the Daniel Street Club and the Stonebridge Restaurant. Daniel Street provides lite dinner fare and live entertainment including comedy acts,  and live music.

Milford was once an important deep water port and the town still maintains much of its old seafaring charm and character. The Wharf Lane complex of historic homes is maintained by the Milford Historical Society. Among the areas historical homes are three built in the 1700s. Today they house an impressive collection of more than 4000 Native American artifacts.

The Oyster Festival, which is held in August, is another great reason to visit Milford

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