Burr Pond State Park, Torrington

#15 of 29 in Nature in Connecticut
Burr Pond State Park is a state-operated, public recreation site covering adjacent to Paugnut State Forest in the town of Torrington, Litchfield County, Connecticut. The state park surrounds Burr Pond, an 85acre, man-made body of water with facilities for swimming, boating, and fishing.HistoryBurr Pond was created in 1851 when Milo Burr dammed several streams to create a source for power generation. The waterpower was used to operate a tannery and three sawmills. One of Burr's industrial buildings was used from 1857 to 1861 by Gail Borden as his first commercially successful condensed milk factory. The building burned down in 1877; the remains of its stone foundations can be seen off Burr Mountain Road. Signage identifies the spot.Burr Pond and the area around it were once part of Paugnut State Forest. The acreage was transferred to the State Parks Division and became a state park in 1949.Activities and amenitiesBurr Pond has several small inlets and islands, a rocky shore, and deep drop-offs in several places. Its maximum depth is only. Fish species present include largemouth bass, chain pickerel, black crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, pumpkinseed, and brown bullhead.
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  • Well maintained hiking trails, campgrounds, and road and building clean. Seems very crowded summer, autumn so autumn is beautiful and I am so relieved and enjoyed the walk.
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  • Plenty of fishing, hiking, boating and picnic areas, The place is well maintained with very clean rest rooms. There are grills that you can use with your own wood or charcoal. You have to bring your o...  more »
  • Quietly beautiful, this hidden gem would have pleased Thoreau immensely as one can appreciate nature's transcendental solitude. A hike around the lake (3.5 mile circumference) could convert a non-beli...  more »
  • Beautiful lake, amazing ppace for jogging and enjoy weekends with friends. Special places for grilling, stunning sunset.
  • It's a very nice beach, and a nice swimming area. There are non powered boats, hiking trails, and a snack bar also. It's pretty well-maintained overall. Hopefully there won't be too many people smoking in the beach area if you go there with your kids, a problem we've had multiple times.
  • Renting kayaks at this beautiful pond was rather cheap, which was nice. Also has a cute section for swimming. Good for families. And good for hiking. Only thing, watch out for geese poop, lots of it in the grass, as expected at a state park.
  • Love this place. Great facilities and plenty of parking on non holiday weekends.
  • This is a nice spot for a picnics, playing with Kids, going for a trail walk ,kayaking... In summer the water is good for swimming....

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