Day Pond State Park

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Day Pond State Park


(860) 295-9523

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Things To Do


The 180-acre Day Pond State Park was named after the 'Day' family pioneers that constructed the pond , which is the central feature of the park. The water from the pond turned a large overshot waterwheel that powered the "up and down saw" of the family sawmill. Park visitors today will find only stone foundations as reminders of those colonial times. Day Pond has a nice swimming beach, picnic area and an attractive area for fishermen since the pond is stocked with trout. In addition, there are several short trails within the park and two long trails which go into the adjacent Salmon River State Forest. During hunting season, be careful about walking the trails in the state forest, as hunting is allowed there, but not in the state park . Pets on a leash are permitted in picnic areas and on hiking trails.

Map of Day Pond (CT)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.555442, -72.419318



  • Bicycling

    There are some great mountain biking single tracks with technical rocks and jumps.

  • Fishing

    Day Pond is very popular for anglers as it is stocked with trout.

  • Hiking

    As you walk through the serene woodland, you may see signs of glacial action and colonial settlement.

  • Picnicking

    There is a picnic shelter and bathrooms making this a comfortable and beautiful location for a picnic.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming, canoeing, and kayaking are popular water sports on the calm Day Pond.


The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset. Gates open on the third Saturday in April. They close for the season after Columbus Day weekend. Off season parking is available along Day Pond Rd., and on either side of the front gate.



Off Route 2: take Exit 16 in Colchester. Follow Route 149S for 3 miles, and then take a hard right onto Peck Lane. Take a left onto Day Pond Road.

Phone Numbers


(860) 295-9523