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Portland is a town in Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States. It is part of the Lower Connecticut River Valley Planning Region and is situated across the Connecticut River from Middletown. The population was 9,384 at the 2020 census. Portland has a rich history defined by its relation to the Connecticut River, with shipbuilding and quarrying being the foundation of the town’s early economy. Today, Portland is known for its marinas and boat works along a roughly 9-mile stretch of the Connecticut River. Notable establishments include Petzold’s Marine Center and Portland Riverside Marina. The town also offers recreational activities such as golfing, kayaking, zip-lining, and hiking.

Petzold’s Marine Center, founded in 1945 by Bill and Agnes Petzold at the site of the former Gildersleeve Shipyard, is still family-owned--brothers Bob and Ken Petzold are the third generation--and going strong. Further downriver past the Arrigoni Bridge is Portland Riverside Marina, the Yankee Boat Yard and Marina, and the Portland Boat Works.

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Town of Portland

Portland, CT 06480