Connecticut, due to the crush of all the rain we've been receiving lately, we might have to wait a little for the 2024 debut of what is believed to be the two oldest, continuously operated ferry services in all of the United States of America.

According to the Connecticut Department of Transportation, due to the current and projected high water levels on the Connecticut River, two of Connecticut's seasonal ferries - the Rocky Hill - Glastonbury Ferry, and the Chester - Hadlyme Ferry, did not begin service as expected this morning, April 1, 2024.

As of this 9:30 this morning, the Connecticut River measured 11.6 feet in Hartford according to NOAA and, down from a reported 14.9 feet just this past Saturday, March 30. With rain in the forecast for all of Connecticut over the next few days, conditions on the Connecticut River could possibly deteriorate quickly.

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While we wait to see how the Connecticut River does over the next few days, the Connecticut Department of Transportation will post their latest updates as to when both the Rocky Hill-Glastonbury and Chester-Hadlyme Ferry Services are back up and running on


According to, the Rocky Hill - Glastonbury Ferry got it's start in 1655 as a raft, then it was powered by a horse on a treadmill, and upgraded to a steam-powered ship in 1876. The Chester-Hadlyme Ferry has been in operation since 1769. Children of the 1990's might also remember the Rocky Hill-Glastonbury's Ferry's appearance in the video for Billy Joel's River of Dreams. Daily ridership is estimated to be around 400 on Rocky Hill-Glastonbury, and 100 on Chester-Hadlyme.

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