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Cockaponset State Forest and Pattaconk Lake Recreation Area

18 Ranger Road Haddam, CT Phone: 860-566-2304

Large state forest; good for fishing, hiking & walking, horseback riding, snowmobiling

Freshwater swimming in various bodies of water of all sizes, from ponds to lakes to reservoirs, at Cockaponset State Park. Most people swim at Pattaconk Lake Recreation Area, which is a natural lake; it has no sandy bech.
Fees: Memorial Day to Labor Day: Weekends, $9 for state residents and $15 for out-of-state residents; weekdays, parking is free.
See Cockaponset State Park for full description of this park.
Stratton Brook State Park

149 Farms Village Road (Route 309) Simsbury, CT Phone: 860-242-1158

Wheelchair-accessible park has trout fishing, hiking, sports fields, swimming

Swimming at the upper pond along scenic Stratton Brook. See Stratton Brook State Park for full description of this park.