Fresh Water Beaches - Hartford County & Central CT Area

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 beach.
Fees: Memorial Day to Labor Day: Weekends, $9 for state residents and $15 for out-of-state residents; weekdays, parking is free.
See more information on our State Parks page.
Stratton Brook State Park - Simsbury, CT
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. - Park Map
For more information see our State & Local Parks page.