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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  • July 2, 2017
    Burr Pond was the perfect day trip spot for a young family. There were plenty of picnic tables and grills, garbage pails, and clean restrooms. We rented a canoe for a reasonable fee of $15/hour. Minim...  more »
  • June 26, 2017
    This state park is pretty well maintained and offers interesting trails around the pond. Boats can be hired or you may launch you own at the boat launch. Power boats are not permitted but on occasion ...  more »
  • June 11, 2017
    This area for years has been known as a hot spot for young teens hanging out. The area alone is not a safe one when walking by yourself. I grew up in Bristol and I was NEVER allowed to walk to the pon...  more »
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  • June 29, 2017
    This is KAZAZAHs day FAM spit for like everrrr
  • June 28, 2017
    Beautiful park with a wonderful view of the lake.... ideal for family picnic and hiking.
  • November 8, 2016
    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.
  • May 21, 2017
    It is a beautiful, peaceful place. There is swimming, picnic tables, grills and walking trails.
  • May 4, 2017
    Nice AND pretty so good picnic. Great for family day!!!

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