Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Eatons Neck Basin



Of all the anchorages in Long Island Sound, it is Eatons Neck Basin that I have been visiting for the longest time. It is here that my family anchored for a swim while returning from the Operation Sail activities in 1976. It was also here that we sought shelter from rough seas one night while fishing just north of the lighthouse. Most of my visits here have been the result of two extremes; hot, windless days in search of a swimming hole, and close refuge sought in foul weather.
It has not changed much in 30-plus years. The surrounding land is still beach and forest, and the Coast Guard station remains staffed at the far northeast corner of the cove. On foggy days you will hear the fog whistle blow, and reveille is played at 5 or 6 am daily. The biggest change is that the beach and Coast Guard station are now off-limits. The former Henry S Morgan estate has placed No Trespassing signs along the beach and marsh. It is still a great place for a swim, but you cannot go ashore.
Although sometimes crowded on weekend days, the anchorage usually consists of just a few boats on weekdays and evenings. The cove was empty when I took these photos on a hot, August morning. This is an anchorage I will always return to.

Levonious Family: Vintage Photos & Map
Cruising Guide To New England Coast: Eatons Neck Basin
Soundbounder: Eatons Neck Coast Guard

8 comments:

will said...

been there. i love eaton's neck.

kate said...

That photo just begs you to throw on a mask and snorkel and jump in!! -kate

matthew houskeeper said...

It does have a lagoon sort of feel to it.

angelshair said...

Wow! So magic! I have to bookmark this place for spring. Hopefully, it will not be too crowded in spring!

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The Navigator Club said...

I grew up on Eaton's Neck in the 1980's. I have fond memories of riding my bike down to the USCG station and helping the guys wash down the Whalers. My sister and I would pick rasberries on the Morgan estate. I would play pond hockey at the end of North Creek Road and more than once fell through the thin ice. One winter the entire sound froze over and when it broke up, there was sea ice piled about 10 feet high on the high tide line as far as the eye could see.

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Capt. Mike said...

I've been sailing Long Island Sound since the 1980's. Funny but, I never stopped at Eaton's Neck though until I saw your post. This summer I anchored there twice once in June and the other late September. I was the only boat there. Just a magic spot. Did manage to drag across the channel in 25 knt west winds at high tide (no protection)one time. But, thanks for mentioning it. I really like it as stop to get away or when heading west.

Bobbi said...

I grew up in Northport and spent so many wonderful days at Sand City fishing and swimming. Two camping trips to the cove turned into major storms blowing through and holding tents up all night. My uncle became caretaker & lived at the estate and we had the wedding rehearsal dinner there for a sister. Pix look as if it is still as pristine now as it was then.