Caving In Connecticut… Leetes Island Cave

Leetes Island Cave in Connecticut is described in the “Caves of Connecticut” guide as being in an area of pseudo-karst, with a length of 200 feet and on three levels, with fourteen entrances. Historically, it was a party spot in the 1960’s, but overall sees very little visitation.

On a recent trip to visit family, I reached out to Steve Millett of the CT Grotto who was fantastic about providing feedback on caves located in the region and was willing to setup a trip, but sadly, I had only a short window (a few hours within the week that I’d be there) to go out exploring. Steve was able to provide feedback on the best approach to reach Leetes Island Cave so as family activities settled, I departed one afternoon and went out to see if I could find it.

Leetes Island Cave is located near a wildlife area and accessible via a creek on one end, or a well known trail system from the opposite direction. The approach included a leisurely stroll through the woods until I reached the “pseudo-karst” area where the terrain quickly changed to include a steep decline with large boulders to climb on. As I explored around, several entrances became quickly evident that the “Caves of Connecticut” guide alluded to. Some had markers indicating that it was an actual passage and even though they are all short, it was still fun climbing around and through the area.

The biggest opening was perhaps 100 feet deep, seen below, with markers at the end indicating a crawl through to an opening on the opposite side.

Though it isn’t a large cave or major system, it was fun getting out to explore a cave outside of Tennessee while away on a trip and Leetes Island Cave fit perfectly for a short afternoon excursion. Special thanks to Steve Millett of the Connecticut Grotto!

Please note that caving can be a dangerous activity for the inexperienced. If you have an interest in exploring caves, check out a local grotto from the National Speleological Society¬†website¬†so you can connect with experienced cavers in your area who will show you the ropes. Also, remember that caves can be on either private property or government land so please always ensure that you either have permission from the landowner or the proper permits obtained before visiting a cave. While there, remember to…

Take nothing but pictures.

Leave nothing but footprints.

Kill nothing but time.

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