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3rd Annual Stonington Lobster Trap Tree
on display from November 25, 2023 - January 9, 2024


Enjoy taking photos for your personal use!  No photographs may be used for commercial use. 

Copyright 2022 Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce.  All Rights Reserved

Please respect the art made by children and professional artists.   The Stonington Lobster Trap Tree is first and foremost a fine art exhibit.  Consider it an outdoor museum. As such, we require that you refrain from touching any of the buoys. While it is only natural to want to see the amazing work on the reverse side of the buoys, the metal traps can scratch the art when buoys are turned. Instead we encourage you to utilize this website to view photos of both sides of each buoy.   It is your responsibility to insure that pets and children are far enough away from the buoys, traps and lights so that they do touch them. Thank you very much for your cooperation.  

Lobster Trap Tree Hours:
Exhibit will be opening Saturday, November 25th 4:30PM

The Stonington Lobster Trap Tree opens at dawn. The Tree will be lit every night between 4:30 - 9:30 PM until January 8, 2024. Tree will be lit from 4:30 - 7 PM on January 9, 2024. 

If you would like to make a donation to the
Stonington Lobster Trap Tree, please

Parking Options in Stonington Borough:

  • Stonington Town Fisherman Docks, 1 High Street, Stonington.
  • Street Parking - please take note of all parking signs and regulations as to not get ticketed or towed.
  • Dodson's Boat Yard
  • The Point - beyond the light house.
Lobster Trap Tree 2023 Buoy Facts:

  • The tree is made up of 461 Buoys Total:

  • 194 Sponsor buoys

  • 161 artist buoys available for auction

  • 40 created by Stonington children

  • 23 devoted to the commercial fishermen

  • 26 sponsored by community members

  • 11 memorial buoys

  • 3 wedding buoys

  • 1 engagement buoy

  • 2 anniversary buoys

Some Investments made for the 2022
Lobster Trap Tree:

  • $15,220 Paid to artists to paint sponsor buoys

  • $9,100 for 420 buoys

  • $8,000 for lobster traps

  • $7,200 storage container unit

  • $3,800 for additional lights

  • $2,400 for Night of Lighting Shuttle

  • $1,800 Tree Copyright

  • $1,400 Signage/Brochures

  • $992 for electrical tie wraps

  • $900 for storage totes

Image by Sarah Elisabeth


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The architectural masterpiece will be situated on a grassy area at the Stonington town dock, paying homage to the town’s renowned fishing industry.   A visit to the Stonington Lobster Trap tree is a magical experience and provides unique photo opportunities.  Whether you view this spectacle during the day or at night, the beautiful landmark provides an eclectic buoy exhibit that is a flawless balance between stunning professionally painted works and those created by local children. 

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