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Get Your 2024 Permits Here


The RWA has nine recreation areas in 13 communities throughout Greater New Haven that offer great water views and four seasons of fun as part of our Claire C. Bennitt Recreation Program. With an RWA recreation permit, you can enjoy miles of wide, well-kept trails through a wilderness that is just minutes from your home. We provide easy-to-read trail maps and offer special family events such as nature walks and fishing derbies.

Buying a recreation permit is easy and affordable. Permits range in cost from $25 for a one-year Individual Permit to $50 for a two-year Family Permit. Veterans, seniors, students and the disabled always enjoy $5 off! Get more information on recreation permit options and costs. Other permits available include a Horseback Riding Family Permit (Genesee Tract only) and an Organizational Permit. For more information on those permits, please call our Recreation Department at 203-401-2654 or email us at



Get or Renew Your Recreation Permit

Be sure to review our Recreation Program Rules and Regulations before purchase.


Permits available online include all Individual and Family permits. Click here to go to our secure website to purchase your recreation permit online. This website does not support Internet Explorer. If you already have or have had a recreation permit with us, your username is your permit number without the leading zero(s); your password is your zip code. You will be prompted to change your username and password to something that is easier to remember.

By Mail

Download the permit application form, print it and complete the registration portion, and return it to us with your payment (check, MasterCard or VISA).

By Phone

Call our Recreation Department at 203-401-2654.

By Email

Email our Recreation Department at