Paddle Hopeville Pond in Griswold, CT

Hopeville Pond croppedWhen you’re looking for an easy paddle on a pretty pond, consider Hopeville Pond in Griswold, CT.

It’s a lovely, long and narrow pond formed when the Pachaug River was dammed.

Donn paddling Hopeville Pond croppedThe Pachaug was a major fishing ground for the Mohegan Indians, according to the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection which manages Hopeville Pond State Park. “At low water the stone weirs, constructed by the Indians at angles from the river banks, are still visible,” according to the DEEP website. “These weirs directed water flow as well as eels, shad, and other fish toward the center of the stream where the Indians placed baskets to trap them. Until blocked up by a dam, constructed in 1828 at Greenville, shad passed up the Quinebaug River in great numbers.”

If you go, get there before the end of October when the park’s main gate will close. It will re-open in April. The large playing field near the entrance on Route 201 is open year around. To find it, set your GPS to 929 Hopeville Rd., Griswold, CT.

The boat launch has already closed, but you can launch easily at the swimming beach. The park also offers some delightful hiking. For a map, click here.

My dog Penny and I hiked there last week, and my brother Donn (pictured here) and I paddled there today. We plan to return frequently, and the next time, we will pack fishing rods.

 

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