Squantz Pond State Park, New Fairfield

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Squantz Pond State Park is a public recreation area located on the southwestern shore of Squantz Pond, north of Danbury, in the town of New Fairfield, Connecticut. The state park offers opportunities for swimming, fishing, hiking, and boating. The park encompasses that are bordered on the west by 1100acre Pootatuck State Forest.HistoryThe state park was established in 1926. The pond and state park are named for Chief Squantz, a leader of the Schaghticoke tribe. Safety concerns, drowningsFrom 1996, when the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection began keeping records on drownings at Connecticut state parks, through 2011, fifteen people drowned at Squantz Pond State Park.In July 2007, DEP officials made "the Rocks" off limits to beachgoers. In response to the drownings and pressure from local officials, the state announced plans to reduce the parking capacity of the park from about 500 cars to about 250, and to post signs on nearby Interstate 84 announcing if the park has reached capacity. Officials said the reduced capacity would help DEP prevent swimming outside of authorized areas.On Labor Day 2007, an 18-year-old man from Queens, N.Y., became the third drowning victim of 2007 at about 1 p.m. at East Beach, an area that was not protected by lifeguards because the state DEP believed the drowning danger to be lower than other sections of the park.In June 2008, DEP unveiled several improvements to the park designed to improve the safety of swimmers. The designated beach swimming area was enlarged and clearly marked to make it more attractive to swimmers, trees were removed to improve the sight lines of on-duty lifeguards, and a dock was installed for a patrol boat.
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  • A very beautiful park and beach. Lots of great green space as well as a water area and beach. It's a good area to relax. Clean and well maintained.  more »
  • Went during the fall colours and it was spectacular. Facilities were shut, so it was very quiet and we had the beach almost to ourselves.  more »
  • We came here on a work day and the place was empty. So quiet and peaceful it was awesome. The lake is very clear and shallow for a good stretch. There are barbecues nearby with tables for people to br...  more »
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  • Great time at the park. Be aware on crazy days the parking can be impossible. A really great place for the family.
  • Very pretty park but can get very crowded on the weekends. You need to be there when it opens if you want to get in and park. Warning, there are NO places to park nearby where you can walk to get in. There is one sandwich place close to the entrance where you can get food and drinks and one restaurant/ bar.
  • Excellent there is a path to hill all around the lake the experience with nature its incredible.
  • This used to be an awesome swimming/BBQ area for families. Now it's quite expensive to park. And the people seem to play music very loud and leave garbage everywhere. I honestly saw some lady clean out her baby's diaper in the water a few years back. Nice hiking trails. Lots of "no swimming" signs due to inexperienced people being stupid. I would never go here in a weekend again.
  • Giving 4 starts only BC I think the swimming area should be a little deeper. Its only maybe 4 ft... Nice picnic and BBQ areas, clean beach they rake it all the time. Nice place to fish or just relax
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