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Portland Riverside Campground offers a unique camping experience since it's located at a marina directly on the Connecticut River. The marina is one of the oldest on the river and has been in the same family for more than 40 years. With 25 acres and more than a quarter-mile of river frontage, we are home to 75 boats in the summer and more than 300 for winter storage.

Portland Riverside Campground is open May 15 through October 31. Download Campground Layout

The campground is located in a shaded oval that is bounded on two sides by protected forest and wetlands and on one side by the river. Within the oval is a large grass recreation area. River access is just steps away, so if you have a small boat or inflatable, bring it along!

Campsite by the Connecticut River at Portland Riverside.

Portland Riverside's 22 campsites are either grass or concrete pads. Each site had a picnic table and electric and water hookups. The campground has night lighting, and washrooms and showers are located in the nearby marine store building.

The marina and campground are highly secure, and the marina and campground manager lives on site. From late spring to late fall, many boaters are on hand, using their boats or fishing.

The Connecticut River is just steps away at Portland Riverside Campground.

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 Marine Store

Portland Riverside's marine store offers a wide selection of products. If we don't carry something you need, the marina's manager can order it for you. Many products listed in our marine catalogs are available through overnight delivery.

 Catfish Tournament

Portland Riverside is famous for its annual mid-August Catfish Tournament. With prizes for the biggest fish caught by both kids and adults, it has become one of the river's most popular summer events.

The popular Catfish Tournament is held
each year in mid-August.

Experience the Connecticut River

Portland Riverside Campground is different from many other camping facilities because of its location on the scenic Connecticut River. The Connecticut is New England's longest river, stretching from Fourth Connecticut Lake in northern New Hampshire 407 miles to Old Saybrook, Connecticut, where it empties into Long Island Sound. While the river was once polluted, steps have been taken since the mid-1960s to restore it, with remarkable success. Today, campground visitors will experience a river largely free of pollution. Eagles and other raptors have returned, and the river teems with Atlantic salmon, trout, striped bass, catfish and eel. Download Campground Layout

To see why Portland Riverside Campground is really a special place, you need only get up early on a summer morning, walk from your campground site down to the river's edge and watch it come alive in the summer sun.

Portland, Connecticut

Portland is located across the river from the city of Middletown, a community with a thriving old-fashioned main street, a wide variety of stores and a multiscreen movie theater. Middletown is also home to Wesleyan University.

Portland itself is a quiet community of approximately 8,700 with deep historic roots in shipbuilding and the mining of brownstone. Its Main Street is typical of a southern New England village and is a short drive or about a 15 minute walk.

While at our campgrounds, guests -- especially those with children -- may wish to visit the Brownstone Exploration & Discovery Park. This popular park, located on the edge of a lake that was once a brownstone quarry, offers swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, rock climbing, wakeboarding and cliff jumping.

The renowned Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is located in Hartford, just 15 miles north of the campgrounds. This is the nation's oldest public art museum and contains a collection that numbers more than 45,000 pieces.

Hartford is also home to many fine restaurants and the widely acclaimed regional theater, the Hartford Stage Company.

Another popular destination is East Haddam, home of the Goodspeed Opera House, where many Broadway hits were originally staged. The theater and an elegant restaurant, the Gelston House, overlook the Connecticut River. Many people travel hundreds of miles to visit this famous theater, but from Portland Riverside Campground, it is only about a 20 minute drive south along the river.

Goodspeed Opera House on the Connecticut River in East Haddam.


Campground Rules

  • The campground is open May 15 through October 31

  • Maximum stay is 2 weeks.

  • No boats or trailers in the campground area. Signs are posted.

  • One car per campsite.

  • No tents. Self-contained units only.

  • Campfires cannot be left unattended!

  • Visitors to your campsite are welcome but we ask that they leave by 11 p.m.

  • Please keep music and TV sound at a reasonable level.

  • Parents are responsible for the behavior and safety of their children at all times.

  • All pets must be on a leash. Pets must be watched closely and under your control at all times. Please clean up after your pet.

  • While you are welcome to visit the docks, please do not board any boat. Also, the boats stored on land should not be boarded.

  • Children playing near the river or on the docks should wear a personal floatation device and be under the watchful eye of an adult. PFDs are available in the marine store.

  • Do not venture into the wetlands area adjacent to the campground.

  • The area has abundant wildlife. Do not approach or threaten birds or animals. Hunting is not allowed.

  • If you use a small boat or inflatable, keep in mind that the river current can be deceptively fast and vary with the tide. Without a reliable outboard motor (or very strong rowing arms), you will travel very quickly.

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For more information about Portland Riverside Campground,
call us at (860) 342-1911.

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