Burr Pond State Park

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Coordinates: 41°52′08″N 73°05′38.5″W / 41.86889°N 73.094028°W / 41.86889; -73.094028
Burr Pond State Park
Connecticut State Park
Burr Pond Connecticut State Park's Southern Beach and Picnic Section.JPG
Burr Pond State Park's southern beach/picnic section.
Country  United States
State  Connecticut
County Litchfield
Town Torrington
Elevation 988 ft (301 m) [1]
Coordinates 41°52′08″N 73°05′38.5″W / 41.86889°N 73.094028°W / 41.86889; -73.094028
Area 438 acres (177 ha) [2]
Established 1949
Management Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection
Location in Connecticut
Website: Burr Pond State Park

Burr Pond State Park is a Connecticut state park located in the town of Torrington. The park provides facilities for swimming, boating, fishing, and hiking.

History[edit]

The pond itself was formed by Milo Burr in 1851 when he created a dam for power generation. The waterpower was used to operate a tannnery and three sawmills.[3] Six years later, the world's first condensed milk factory was created on the site by Gail Borden who went on to establish Borden, Inc. The factory burned down in 1877, but the stone foundations can still be seen off of Burr Mountain Road.

Burr Pond[edit]

Burr Pond is the center of the state park. The pond has several small inlets and islands. The shore is rocky and there are deep drop-offs in several places, but the pond has a maximum depth of only 13 feet (4.0 m). Fish species present include largemouth bass, chain pickerel, black crappie, yellow perch, bluegill, pumpkinseed, and brown bullhead.

Facilities[edit]

The park has a footpath around the pond, beach, concession stand, canoe and kayak rentals,[4] and boat launch.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Burr Pond State Park". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Legislative Program Review and Investigations Committee (January 23, 2014). "State Parks and Forests: Funding". Staff Findings and Recommendations. Connecticut General Assembly. p. A-1. Retrieved March 20, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Burr Pond State Park". State Parks and Forests. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Canoe & Kayak Rental at Burr Pond, Lake Waramaug and Mt. Tom State Parks". State Parks and Forests. Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. Retrieved February 20, 2013. 

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