What to do in Kettle Pond State Park

Kettle Pond State Park lies within the 25,000 plus acre Groton State Forest which is the second largest contiguous public landholding in Vermont. This scenic and rugged forest is known primarily for its developed camping facilities, but offers a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities. Though only a half-hour drive from Barre, Montpelier or St. Johnsbury, this forest retains a sense of wilderness and supports a wide variety of wildlife, including black bear, moose, deer, grouse, mink, beaver, otter, fisher, loons and herons. A variety of fish can be found in the clear ponds and brooks. Kettle Pond State Park offers group camping.

Kettle Pond State Park lies within the 25,000 plus acre Groton State Forest which is the second largest contiguous public landholding in Vermont. This scenic and rugged forest was the site of intensive logging, beginning in 1873 with the opening of the Montpelier to Wells River railroad that ran through the forest (now a park trail) and ending in the 1920's when most of the timber was cut. Today the forest supports a wide variety of wildlife, including black bear, moose, deer, grouse, mink, beaver, otter, fisher, loons and herons. A variety of fish can be found in the 104-acre Kettle Pond which supports rainbow trout, yellow perch and smallmouth bass.

Recreation
Kettle Pond State Park is one of five campgrounds located within Groton State Forest. The park rests on a secluded pond known for its beautiful moss-covered boulders. A highlight of the park is the pond's shoreline which is sprinkled with blueberry bushes. Swimming, a playground and fishing are also available. Anglers enjoy fishing for rainbow trout, yellow perch and smallmouth bass. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Location
From Groton travel 2 miles west on US 302, then 7.5 miles northwest on SR 232.

Climate
Winter daytime temperatures average between 16 and 18 degrees Fahrenheit (between -9 and -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 and 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Heart of Vermont Travel Region has diverse precipitation totals ranging from 40 to 44 inches (102 and 112 centimeters) in the center area of the region decreasing to less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the state lines of New York and New Hampshire.

Address
RD Box 600
Marshfield, VT 05658

Phone: 802-584-3820

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