If there is a “Crown Jewel” of Point O’Woods, it is the beach. It is the foremost reason that draws owners and visitors to POW and it is recognized as one of the nicest beaches on Long Island Sound. Much care and attention is focused on keeping the beach clean, safe and fun for all, whether you enjoy swimming, sunning, making sand castles or just relaxing with family and friends.
Under the direction of the Beach Commissioner, the Point O’Woods staff and contractors ensure that the beach is kept in good condition through grading of the beach, regularly scheduled cleaning, repair and maintenance of the raft, swim lines and anything else necessary for the enjoyment of the residents of the beach. The commissioner also keeps current the DEEP permit and Army Corp of Engineers permit required. All work done on the beach and swim and raft lines put in the water are done within the required regulations of these permits.
Beach and Watercraft Safety
The waters of Long Island Sound are enjoyed by swimmers as well as a variety of watercraft. Please be aware of, and comply with the DEEP regulations and Point O’ Woods Ordinances, particularly:
No person shall operate a personal watercraft, at a speed in excess of Slow-No-Wake within 200 feet of shore, or a dock, pier, float or anchored or moored vessel.
No watercraft shall be tied up to the swim lines.
Paddle boards, Kayaks and Boats
Paddle boards have become very popular and are great fun, however there are also safety considerations when using them. DEEP regulations do not allow the use of paddle boards, kayaks or boats within the swim area.
Storing Boats on the Beach
Beach storage spaces for kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and small boats will be assigned in the order in which applications are received, by mail, at the Admin Office. Please note: Beach storage for catamarans has been limited to a total of 6 (six) catamarans. The first 6 applicants for catamaran space will be granted stickers, additional applicants will be placed on a waiting list, in the order they have been received.
There are limited slots available so interested property owners should complete the application (see below) and return it as soon as possible.
REGULATIONS AND AGREEMENT:
- Storage season starts June 15 and vessels must be removed by October 15 – fines apply.
- A Point O’Woods Sticker must be visibly displayed on the vessel’s upper bow.
- All vessels must be stored in a row in front of, and perpendicular to the berm (but not on the berm) and tied to the mooring cable by an Owner Supplied line.
- Owners are responsible for removing their vessels from the beach whenever major storms or higher than normal tides are forecasted.
- Violations of the above will result in the vessel being ticketed.
- Vessels without a sticker will be ticketed and secured until payment of the ticket.
- Point O’Woods is not responsible for any damage caused to, or by a vessel as a result of its storage on the beach.
THE FOLLOWING CRITERIA APPLY:
- Applicant must be a Point O’Woods property owner
- Limit 2 kayak slots per family. Other watercraft, 1 slot per family.
- Complete a separate form for each craft (with the exception of 2 kayaks, use one form)
- Kayaks, canoes, paddle boards and small boats (sail and row)
- Complete the form. Include your email if you would like us to communicate directly with you.
- Mail the form with a check payable to Point O’Woods Association to:
Point O’ Woods Assoc., PO Box 152, South Lyme, CT 06376
- Stickers will be available on Memorial Day Weekend. Your registration fee is due with your application
Removing Boats from the Beach
For those who are storing boats on the beach, they must be removed by October 15.
If they are left on the beach, a fine will be imposed, the vessel will be removed from the beach November 1. You must pay the fine and take possession of the vessel by December 1 or loose the privilege of beach storage the following year.