Burr Pond State Park

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Burr Mountain Rd.
Torrington, CT 06790 860-482-1817

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This park offers lake swimming, canoeing, sailing, kayaking, fishing and ice skating. There is a hiking trail and a picnic area and camping is available.

The pond, the park's centerpiece, is surrounded by a wooded shoreline. At 88 acres, it is not large, but it is not a farm pond, either. It is big enough to have tiny islands and coves to explore, but small enough that it is almost always safely manageable in a small boat.

The pond is shallow and warm, so don't look for trout, but the fishing is very good. Here's a good indicator -- Burr Pond is popular with ice fishermen in winter. There are some hefty largemouth bass in the pond, and chain pickerel, too. From a boat or from the shore, kids can pull in panfish all day. Rock bass that run to 8 or 9 inches and yellow perch up to 10 inches in length are abundant, perfect for young anglers who like lots of action.

``It's a great place to take kids fishing,'' says Bill Hyatt, director of inland fisheries for the state Department of Environmental Protection. ``It's a great place to take people fishing to get them used to it.''

Just north of the swimming beach, a wooded point juts into the pond. It has picnic tables and grills and makes a great place to park for the day, with a good view of the beach and the pond. Walk to the tip of the point, and there is a 10-foot-high wild blueberry bush. Good luck beating the birds to the berries.

(Steve Grant, Courant Staff Writer)

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