‪Squantz Pond State Park‬

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kzsull01
‪Windsor‬, كونيكتيكت359 مساهمة
أبريل 2021
‪My husband and I visited Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield, Connecticut during the off- season on Monday, April 26th, 2021 and really enjoyed it. The following gives some interesting information about the history and geography that I was able to find out about the pond and park as well as information on what is available in the park and some details about our walk, including the issue we had finding the hiking trails.

We recommend this park for its beautiful scenery. However, you should go during the week, especially during the summertime. It may get crowded on weekends and the parking lot closes after 250 cars and doesn’t open up again that day after it reaches this capacity limit, which may be different due to the current covid-19 restrictions. We did not have any issues parking or encounter any crowds at the time of our visit. In addition to enjoying the scenery in the park, it was a nice scenic ride from Windsor, Connecticut taking the backroads.

Interesting History and Geography:

Both the history and geography of the pond and the park are quite interesting. The pond, which is a much larger body of water than expected for a pond, is part of Candlewood Lake but separate from the main body of the lake by Connecticut Route 39. Squantz Pond is natural in origin, however, its level was raised when the man-made Candlewood Lake was impounded. Squantz Pond may have even been much larger than it was just prior to its expansion during the flooding of Lake Candlewood. The state park was established through the purchase of a 138-acre farm in 1926 and is named after Chief Squantz, leader of the Schaghticoke Tribe. The park was developed by the Civilian Conservation Corps. In the 1930’s. The park borders on the west by Pootatuck State Forest, which also has hiking available within its boundaries, even sharing some trails with Squantz Pond State Park. My sources for this information was a combination of multiple internet articles and the ‘Connecticut 169 Club’ book.

What is Available in the Park:

There is a nice beach, which offers swimming when it is open. You could even go scuba diving, based on the available documentation.

The surrounding grounds and picnic area are well kept with plenty of tables and charcoal grills all convenient to the parking lot. However, you would need to bring your own charcoal and cooking utensils if you want to do some grilling. Also, I would recommend bringing a table cloth if you want to picnic.

There is a very nice fishing platform/deck, and a nice state owned boat launch for motorized boats, which was accessible/open at the time of our visit. But you could also go kayaking and canoeing on Squantz Pond. I believe rentals are available for kayaks and canoes, but they were not available at the time of our visit. Across the street there is another state boat launch for the main body of Candlewood Lake at Squantz Cove. I believe that you need to enter the state park to access both boat launches, but I am not entirely certain.

Unfortautely there is a sign that no pets are allowed within the park. But the park’s website states that pets are not allowed April 15th – September 30th., but it appears they are allowed at all other times.

There is a parking fee for cars not registered in Connecticut when the park is open for the season. The fees are applicable from Memorial Day to Labor Day and are $22.00 for weekends, $15.00 for weekdays and $7.00 after 4:00PM., based on the documentation available on the web at this point in time. Also, the state boat launches are free of charge unless they are in a state park. If the park has an entrance fee, you must pay the entrance fee to get access to the launch. I am not certain if this applies to both residents and non-residents.

In addition, both regular bathrooms and composite ones were in the park, but we are not certain if the regular ones were open at the time of our visit, because we did not try to use them. Both looked very clean/well maintained from the outside

Our Walk and Issues Finding Trails on the Map:

It was a very windy day when we visited the park. The park was hilly but with very scenic landscape. It was very hard to find any trail to hike on, including the White Trail that goes along the shore as shown on the Trail Map entitled ‘Squantz Pond State Park Pootatuck State Forest, Dated January 13, 2017' from the park’s web site,, which was the only map I was able to find.

There were no signs or trail markings for the White Trail that we could find. But we walked on an unmarked foot path that was not totally defined that was somewhat close to the shore but nice. It provided good views of both the water, surrounding mountains, and gave us a good idea of what the park looked like and all it had to offer.

Beyond the picnic area near the shoreline, there was an interesting staircase made of railroad ties that we walked down and a footbridge made of wood that we walked over. This appears to mark the beginning of the White Trail, based on the map. We walked on this path a little bit but turned back due to the wind and we were not certain we were on the actual trail. But the map shows that there is another footbridge and perhaps another staircase farther down the trail.

On the way back we walked up the hill in front of the restrooms, where there was a bench which you could sit and enjoy the view. What we saw was quite scenic, but based on the documentation available on the internet, if you walk at the edge of the lake’s western shoreline for 2 miles,, which appears to be the White Trail based on the map, there is a peninsula that juts out into the lake and has an unobstructed view of the entire lake. Also, the historical Council Rock, where Chief Squantz held meetings with his tribe, is on the Red Trail not too far from this scenic area. However, we are not certain how hilly or rocky the area is to get to these sites, which would be nice to see.

We are glad we had the opportunity to visit this state park and hope to go back again, before the beginning of the season or after it is over, to try to avoid any crowds.
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كُتب بتاريخ 2 مايو 2021
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Mohan G
‪New Britain‬, كونيكتيكت138 مساهمة
أغسطس 2019
‪We went for an half day visit with 3 of my friends family. Very good place to visit with family. We carried our own food. There is nice mountain and water view. You have grill but you need to carry coal and all instruments. There are many picnic table. No Kayaking, it is closed nowadays. Plenty of parking place. Beautiful beach and grass area to play with family and kids‬
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mikechir
ستامفورد, كونيكتيكت50 مساهمة
أغسطس 2019
‪We went on a Monday in August and it was not overcrowded the people there were very respectful. The only issue is that I have trouble walking and the handicap parking is nowhere close to the beach it is still a long walk down a steep hill. this place is definitely not handicap accessible.‬
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jjsum
‪New Fairfield‬, كونيكتيكت30 مساهمة
العائلة • يونيو 2019
‪I live in New Fairfield and can tell you Squantz Pond is a gem! You must go during the week to really enjoy it though. Proximity to New York makes it a desirable day visit for city dwellers who come out in droves!! Worth a visit and no charge for CT residents!!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 14 يونيو 2019
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tracydanze
4 مساهمات
يونيو 2018
‪Laid back pond for sunning, reading and playing close to the water during off hours. Peak hours can be crazy, so get there early! The setting is great for little ones.
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Christine D
‪Branford‬, كونيكتيكتمساهمة
زوجان • أغسطس 2018
‪Went there yesterday with my BF. got there at 10 am and it was full of minorities. They were blaring their Spanish music so loud. they completely filled up the place and the water area to swim was loaded with kids. there was room on the beach to sit but could barely go in the water. very disappointing. I will not go back and its a shame because its a nice place.‬
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Kitana2013
CT4 مساهمات
العائلة • يوليو 2018
‪We arrived at the state park only to be met with signs that said it was closed. But from the road we could clearly see the parking lot had cars in it, I asked a ranger, who was very courteous, what gives. Turns out that when there are 250 cars in the lot, they reach maximum capacity and they close! Looks like a nice park.‬
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Sammwolf
‪Danbury‬, كونيكتيكت144 مساهمة
العائلة • يوليو 2018
‪We live on Candlewood Lake and this was quite different! The water is clear with barely any rocks and soft sand, whereas Candlewood has a rocky shore. I didn’t see many fish either. It wasn’t busy for a weekday. Usually on the weekends, it’s parking lots are closed by 8:30am!! Visit during the week. There are hiking trails and kayak rentals too. Free to CT residents.‬
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Maureen H
مساهمتيْن
العائلة • أغسطس 2017
‪Went there weekly during summers in the 60s with my Bronx family. It was great then. Glad to read its still a nice relaxing clean place. Thinking of doing a family reunion there sometime soon.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 1 يوليو 2018
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prakvaid58
فيلادلفيا, بنسيلفانيا1,815 مساهمة
الأصدقاء • يونيو 2018
‪We were attending a wedding in Connecticut and I was searching for places to visit there ...
I stumbled upon this hidden gem in
New Fairfield!
No one seemed to mention this park, but boy, were we pleasantly surprised!
It was beautiful, the lake, the hills, the wild geese on the water, a trail down to a wooden bridge... all quite spectacular!
There were some families there picnicking for Father’s Day weekend... it was a nice family atmosphere too!
Clean, beautiful and worth a visit !!
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