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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.
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. Use our Torrington trip itinerary builder to visit Burr Pond State Park on your trip to Torrington, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Very nice park and pond. The trail around the pond was very nice and pretty easy. About 2-3 miles long. There is also boat rentals (not open when we visited in March). 
    Very nice park and pond. The trail around the pond was very nice and pretty easy. About 2-3 miles long. There is also boat rentals (not open when we visited in March).  more »
  • 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
    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 »
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  • Great hike around the pond, its 2.8 miles semi-wooded. Some elevation change as well. There's some wet areas, so water proof shoes could help. But most is avoided by rock hopping, bridges or stumps they put in. Should be ok for most hikers. The trail was recently cleaned up, it looks very nice.
  • Nice swimming area, a few geese but not enough to foul the water or beach, lots of picnic tables, and a big covered pavilion. I just stopped by for a scenic lunch but it's a nice spot to cool off. Plenty of parking, but plan to walk a minute or two to the beach.

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