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Kettletown State Park, Southbury

Categories: Nature & Parks
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4.2/5 based on 55+ reviews on the web
Kettletown State Park is a state park in the town of Southbury, Connecticut, on the eastern shore of the Housatonic River's Lake Zoar. Park activities include swimming, camping, hiking, picnicking, and fishing.
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  • Not one of Connecticut's better attractions. Beach area was dirty and the swimming area was closed. Did not make for a great day. 
  • This was a nice, clean state park. Unless you're into water sports there didn't seem to be much to do, but the scenery was nice. 
  • This is a good spot to spend with the family and enjoy, relax! I will return and always bring my family and friends. 
  • I am writing this review in reference to the camping site/experience only. First: You can only make reservations for State Parks through a website now. The website isn't bad, but there are so many restrictions that make the camping experience less enjoyable/confusing. I was trying to make a reservation for a large church group, but could only reserve one plot of land at a time. Each plot's capacity is six people with three tents. We had an estimate of twelve people coming. I had to make another separate reservation with another name to make it work. Second: The Campsite is not in the woods, the plots are too close to other camp sites, and some of the camp sites are on an extremely awkward slope. Third: This camp site is very popular, and there was a lot of activity late into the night prohibiting our campers from sleeping. Around 12:30am we made a noise complaint to the State Park, but there was no one available to come due to budget cuts from the State. The noisy campers finally stopped their activity around 3:00am. The bathrooms were in working order which is nice, and there is one shower on the male and female side. There is also two large dumpsters for camper's use, so all the trash can be nicely consolidated.
  • :( Heavily patrolled. You might as well camp out in a wooded police station parking lot. It's fine to say certain things are not permitted but there are literally patrols from both park rangers and police every 10-20 minutes, staring you down as you try to cook some burgers. Very strange experience. We camp all over CT and surrounding states. Have never experienced anything like that. We followed all the rules and were very quiet. Just a young couple trying to enjoy the great outdoors.
  • This is a great park for hiking. There's a nice short boardwalk through the woods as well. There's a great swimming area and you can hike along a stream with a few small pools. There aren't a lot of picnic tables available, but even on the busiest holidays we've been able to secure seating. One of the biggest upsides to this park is it's proximity to Rich Farm Ice Cream.
  • One of the better accessible campgrounds in western CT. I chose to camp Friday of memorial day weekend and most of the people who stayed here were great. There was only one louder group of younger guys who were playing loud music too late but I'm sure if I had chosen another weekend it wouldn't have been an issue. The trails into Mattatuck state forest were very nice and the scenery beautiful. The showers also had hot water :-)
  • Spent five days camping here love it but have to say the bathrooms need an up dating very gross I know there are bugs but they can clean it a hundred percent better than they do shower is gross but the camp grounds r very nice just bring your own portable shower and bathroom lol
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