Burr Pond State Park

Burr Pond State Park

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Burr Pond State Park

Connecticut

(860) 482-1817

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Things To Do

Overview

With inviting waters that accommodate swimming, boating and fishing, Burr Pond State Park is a great place to enjoy a summer day in northwestern Connecticut. The pond is named for Milo Burr, who created the pond by building a dam in 1851 to power his three sawmills. The manufacturing space attracted Gail Borden Jr., who built the world's first condensed milk factory at the park in 1857. Fire ultimately ruined the factory and a bronze tablet now marks the site. Visitors can hike to the marker by using some of the parks' wonderful trails, which include the Blue-Blazed Wolcott Trail. This 2.5-mile loop is relatively flat and inviting to beginners as it circles the pond while travelling through a variety of foliage. For those who wish to explore the park's waters, canoe, kayak and paddleboat rentals are available from Memorial Day through Labor Day while a designated beach area is perfect for swimmers. The pond is a decent spot for anglers with abundant perch, bullhead and pickerel. In the winter, ice fisherman flock to this easily accessible and manageable pond. Pets on a leash are permitted in picnic areas and on hiking trails. Pets are not allowed on the beach.

Map of Burr Pond (CT)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.869138, -73.096102

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Activities

  • Boating

    Ccanoe or kayak down the Still River for a not-so-still adventure. The river offers some thrashin' white-water for the river kayaking enthusiast.

  • Bicycling

    Although there is limited information concerning bicycling in Burr Pond State Park, the numerous trails would allow excellent mountain biking. Check with the ranger station for rules and regulations.

  • Fishing

    Although the pond is shallow and warm, you can find many largemouth bass and chain pickerel. The pond is a great place for children to fish as there are many pan fish to be caught.

  • Hiking

    Hike the trails in search of the bronze tablet marking Connecticut's role in the Civil War and the Industrial Revolution.

  • Picnicking

    The park offers picnic tables, grills, a picnic shelter for rent, bathrooms, and even a food concession stand.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming, kayaking, and tubing are all great ways to spend a warm day at Burr Pond State Park.

  • Winter Sports

    Winter at Burr Pond State Park is just as fun as the summertime. Ice fish on the pond, cross country ski, or snowshoe on the hiking trails.

Seasonality/Weather

June is the wettest month for Burr Pond State Park and February is the driest month.

Directions

Driving

Off Route 8 North: Exit 46 . At end of the ramp, take a left onto Pinewoods Road. At the first stop sign go left onto Winsted Road. Follow Winsted Road for approximately 1 mile and take a right at the blinking yellow light (turn is marked with a park sign). The park is 1 mile on the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(860) 482-1817

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