A place to enjoy the great outdoors

Located on 1,500 wooded acres, the Yale Outdoor Education Center (OEC) is on the south shore of a pristine mile-long lake. There are cabins and campsites to rent, and visitors can hike, have a picnic,  boat, canoe, fish or swim. The OEC is located in East Lyme, Connecticut, just northwest of the town of Niantic and only 42 miles from New Haven.

Photos: Yale Outdoor Education Center

The OEC is available to all members of the Yale community via membership, day-use fee or rental. Nine rustic lakeside cabins and eight secluded campsites are available for summer rental. Campsites include a grill and picnic table; cabins have a picnic table, grill, and small deck.
A large, H-shaped aluminum dock marks the swimming area.
Canoes, rowboats, kayaks, and paddle boards are available free of charge.
Paddle boards are very popular with visitors to the center.
Swimmers take advantage of the nearby rocks to dry their towels.
Trees along the waters edge offer a cool and shady place to enjoy a good book.
A young boy with one of the goats that live at the center.
Catching a fish.
A blazed hiking trail takes visitors around a wildlife marsh.
A float is a short swim from the beach.
One of the cabins that overlooks the beach.
Enjoying a quiet canoe ride.
A place for quiet reflection.
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