Burr Pond State Park, Torrington

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State Park · Nature / Park
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.
Burr 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.
Burr 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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  • An easy hour long drive from New Haven — it’s a beautiful lake that reminds me of summer camp! There is a beach and swimming area, BBQ grills, and kayaks and stand up paddle boards available. We had.....  more »
  • We hiked the Walcatt trail around the Pond. It was an easy trail, as we are beginners and had two young kids with us (5 and 7). It took us two hours to complete the hike as we did make frequent stops....  more »
  • Water is clean and warm. Love kayaking, walking the trail and jumping off the rock. Picnik tablets are very useful and available if you arrive early enough. Plenty of parking, and no entrance fee for Connecticut residents. Love it.
  • Beautiful setting, no lifeguards. This park has all the amenities. Picnic tables, grills, shade, bathrooms, hiking trails, fishing, a swimming area and beautifully maintained beach, and plenty of places to put in a boat. (No motors allowed) Recent cutbacks have lead to the snack shack being closed and no lifeguards on duty. This is a great place to have a family cook out and spend a day.
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