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NOTICE: It is anticipated that there will be an ALCOHOL BAN in place for the 2014 recreation season at this facility.

KETTLETOWN STATE PARK, CT

Photo: KETTLETOWN STATE PARK
Status: Closed through Thu May 15 2014   Season Dates
Max reservation window: Tue Mar 17 2015   Later Dates
 

Description

Kettletown State Park features Lake Zoar, the fifth largest freshwater body in the state, created in 1919,when the Connecticut Light and Power Company constructed the Stevenson Dam to produce hydroelectric power. The water of the Housatonic River feeds the man-made Lake Zoar, a popular site for all manner of water sports.

Geography:

The 600 acre Kettletown State Park is located in Southbury, CT and borders Lake Zoar, an impoundment of the Housatonic River. Kettletown State Park, situated in the towns of Southbury and Oxford, contains 605 acres and was originally inhabited by the Pootatuck Indians, members of the Algonquin group. The park's name refers to the Kettletown Purchase of the 1750's, where in the white settlers "purchased" the surrounding lands from the Pootatuck Indians in part for a brass kettle.The State of Connecticut purchased 455 of the 605 acres in Kettletown in 1950 with funds left by Edward Carrington of New Haven, which he dedicated to the acquisition of public land in the Naugatuck Valley.

Recreation:

The park offers camping, swimming, picnicking, hiking and fishing.

Facilities:

Kettletown Campground offers 61 sites, in both open and wooded settings. Youth group camping is also available. Other park facilities include restrooms, and picnic tables.

Nearby Attractions:

State parks in the area include Collis P. Huntington State Park, Kellogg Environmental Center, Indian Well State Park, Osbornedale State Park, and Southford Falls State Park.

Services & Amenities:

Within Facility
  • ADA Access
  • Beach Combing
  • Biking - Road
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Dump Station
  • First Aid Kit
  • Fishing - Freshwater
  • Flush Toilet
  • Hiking
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Mountain Biking
  • Nature Trail
  • Parking
  • Photography
  • Public Drinking Water Taps
  • Ranger Station
  • Recreation Programs
  • Recycling Center
  • Restroom
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Water Drinking
  • Water Fillup Station
  • Wildlife Viewing
Within 10 Miles
  • Fishing Supplies
  • Horseback Riding
  • Laundry
  • Restaurant
Greater Than 10 Miles
  • Hospital
Alerts and Important Information
It is anticipated that there will be an ALCOHOL BAN in place for the 2014 recreation season at this facility..

In an effort to protect Connecticut's forests from the introduction and spread of destructive insect pests - in particular the emerald ash borer and Asian long-horned beetle - the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is taking the following action:

Prohibiting the bringing of firewood into state of Connecticut campgrounds and state parks from other states. As an alternative, firewood can be either purchased at the camp stores within the state campgrounds or at local retail sellers of firewood.
The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection greatly appreciates the public's assistance in helping to protect the state's natural resources and apologizes for any inconvenience this initiative may cause.
Pets are not permitted in the campground.

You can now make a reservation for the day before your arrival and up until 11 months in advance. The maximum length of stay is fourteen consecutive days. If you have a 14 day reservation, all members of your camping party and your camping equipment must leave the park for 5 days before you can return.

General Camping Information
The new rates reflect an adjustment for inflation and will help support continuing services in Connecticut State Campgrounds. If you have any questions, please call 1-866-287-2757 or 1-866-CTPARKS.

Explore the natural and cultural histories of Connecticut State Parks and Forests through inerpretation! Interpretive events are listed on the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection's website. Take a hike, meet a snake, learn about forest heroes, and more! Follow this link to the DEEP's Calendar of Events. Perform a "Keyword" search for this park/forest and then join a program. Additional programs may be offered, so be sure to check with the campground staff. For additional information please call the DEEP Division of State Parks at 860-424-3200. Find interpretive programs: http://www.depdata.ct.gov/calendar/

Getting There:

Off Interstate 84: Take Exit 15. Go south onto CT Route 67. Take a right at the first traffic light onto Kettletown Road. Continue for approximately 3 miles on Kettletown Road. Take a right onto Georges Hill Road. The park is located on the left, approximately 0.6 miles down.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

KETTLETOWN STATE PARK
1400 GEORGES HILL ROAD
SOUTHBURY CT 06488

Phone Number:

Information: (203)264-5678