Kettle Pond State Park

Kettle Pond State Park

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Kettle Pond State Park

Vermont

(802) 426-3042

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Overview

Kettle Pond State Park is one of five campgrounds located within Groton State Forest. The park rests on a secluded pond known for its beautiful moss-covered boulders. A highlight of the park is the pond's shoreline which is sprinkled with blueberry bushes.

There are 26 lean-tos arranged into five separate groups designed to accommodate a variety of different groups and organizations such as scouts, churches, clubs or other social institutions. There are two composting toilets and two double pit toilets. There is no potable water at this site, but you can get water at nearby New Discovery State Park. There is a campers' beach and miles of hiking/multiple use trails in Groton State Forest. Six remote campsites/lean-tos on the pond are also available.

Map of Kettle Pond (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.293730, -72.307680

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Activities

  • Boating

    Canoeing, kayaking, and boating are all popular activities on Kettle Pond. A boat launch is available in the park.

  • Bird Watching

    Many beautiful species of bird have been spotted in and around Kettle Pond State Park. Some include: yellow-rumped warbler, Canada goose, cackler, long-tailed duck, bald eagle, golden eagle, red-tail, northern harrier, goshawk, cooper's, sharpie, red shoulder, osprey, kestrel, junco, chickadee, cardinal, white-throated sparrow, blue jay, morning dove, white-breasted nuthatch, goldfinch, tufted titmice.

  • Bicycling

    Nearby multi-use trails are great for mountain biking. Rt. 232 is a lightly trafficked road which winds through the Groton State Forest and provides scenic views throughout.

  • Camping

    The campground is located on the shores of Kettle Pond, an undeveloped pond. There are 26 lean-tos arranged into five separate groups designed to accommodate a variety of different organizations such as scouts, churches, clubs or other social institutions. There are two composting toilets and two double pit toilets. There is no potable water at this site, but you can get water at nearby New Discovery State Park. There is a campers' beach and miles of hiking/multiple use trails in Groton State Forest. Six remote campsites/lean-tos on the pond are also available. Ice and firewood are available for purchase.

  • Fishing

    Kettle Pond is a serene place to cast your line. Species you can catch include: rainbow trout, yellow perch, and smallmouth bass.

  • Hiking

    There is a kid-friendly loop trail around Kettle Pond. Also, Groton State Forest offers 26,000 acres to explore. Many trail systems are included in this area and trail heads are a short drive from Kettle Pond. Multi-use trails for horses, hikers, and bikers. For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    As early as 1704 Native Americans and the French were using routes through Groton to reach Canada and Massachusetts. Colonists settled this area of Vermont slightly earlier than the rest of the state due to the accessibility the network of waterways provided.

  • Picnicking

    Nearby New Discover offers two picnic pavilions, one at Osmore Pond and the other at Owls Head. Both seat large groups and can be reserved in advance.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming and wading is a quiet and serene experience at Kettle Pond.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife abounds in Kettle Pond State Park. Visitors can spot commonly seen animals such as white-tailed deer, fisher, coyote, black bear, beaver, otter, turkey, ruffed grouse, woodpeckers, whitebreasted nuthatches, black-capped chickadees, vesper sparrows, alder flycatchers, chestnut-sided warblers, red-tailed hawks and sometimes bald eagles. Reptiles and amphibians include wood frog, spring peeper, American toad, and yellow-spotted salamander.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are fun ways to see the park in winter. There are no facilities or staff available, but visitors are encouraged to explore the park during the off season and enjoy the quieter time of year. Ice fishing can also be done on the pond in winter.

Seasonality/Weather

Open Memorial Day weekend - Columbus Day weekend. Open for day use 10:00 am - sunset.

Directions

Driving

From Groton: Go 2 mi W on U.S. 302, then 7-1/2 mi NW on Vt. 232.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 426-3042

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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