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Burr Pond State Park, Torrington
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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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  • I often go to burr pond to hike the trails with my dog. During the summer months it can get a little crowded on the beach, but it's beautiful all year round. During summer you can swim, get snacks, pi...  more »
  • A good place to rest, to walk, or picnic with the family. A beautiful lake surrounded with wonderful trees. 
  • The water is perfect: super clean and just the right temp. The safety rope still allows enough depth for the water to come up to my shoulders and I am pretty tall! The faciities and parking are also j...  more »
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  • We've only been here a handful of times and it's an awesome place for fishing, hiking or a kayak trip. Not so much on the beach. The few times we were there in the summer the clientele was....super dicey. The trail around the lake is just over 2 miles and I'd say 3 out of 5 on the challenging scale. There's a few steep and rocky parts, but if you just watch your step you'll be good.
  • This is a great park for a day by the water. Activities include hiking, kayaking, or just relaxing by the water. There was a $9.00 parking fee when we went in early August. If you are hiking, the trails are easy to follow and not too difficult.
  • Just ran the trail around burr pond. It's pretty awesome! I was told its 3 miles but it turns out it's only 2.55. Still, a great trail run, just watch out for the bear poop!
  • Large beach area and facilities. Plenty of parking within the main entrance. Head down the road about a quarter mile for access to to the well-kept boat launch.
  • Very nice and clean.. I went twice n I love it...