What to do in Quaddick State Park

*This information was provided by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection*

The area which is now Quaddick State Park was once the site of Thompson's town farm where elderly residents of the village spent their reflective years. Prior to that, it had been a fishing area of the Nipmuck Indians.

The state park was once the site of Thompson's town farm where elderly residents of the village spent their reflective years. Prior to that, it had been a fishing area of the Nipmuck Indians. In 1866 the town of Thompson granted the right to flow what was then Kings Pond to a higher level creating Quaddick Reservoir. The reservoir was heavily used as a source of power as well as water for processing textile materials in the plants in Killingly. In 1951, Quaddick was designated a state park after originally being developed as a Forestry recreation area.

This park has fields for sports and picnicking facilities.

Recreation
Boating, freshwater fishing, and swimming on the lake during the summer, and ice skating during the winter months are some possible activities.

Location
From the west/(Putnam area): take Route 44 east for 3.3 miles after crossing under I-395, to Town Farm Road in East Putnam. Left onto Town Farm Road and proceed north for 2.7 miles. Park entrance is on the left.

From the east/(Providence, RI area): take Route 44 west. Continue on Route 44 for 1.0 miles after crossing Connecticut State Line, to Town Farm Road in East Putnam. Right onto Town Farm Road and proceed north for 2.7 miles. Park entrance is on the left.

From the north/(Worcester, MA area): I-290 south to I-395 south, Exit 99. Left at the end of the ramp onto Quaddick Road and proceed south for 3.2 miles to Town Farm Road. Left onto Town Farm Road and proceed north for 1.4 miles. Park entrance is on the left.

From the south/(Norwich area): I-395 north, Exit 97. Right at the end of the ramp onto Route 44 east and proceed for 3.3 miles to Town Farm Road in East Putnam. Left onto Town Farm Road and proceed north for 2.7 miles. Park entrance is on the left.

Climate
The climate of this state involves a moderate amount of humidity, heat and cold. Summer highs reach 90 degrees F with low temperatures near 65 degrees. Evenings near the water can become cool and light jackets and sweaters are recommended. Winter temperatures average in the mid thirties during the day and in the teens at night. Rarely do temperatures dip to zero, especially in the southern portion of the state, where the water influences the more temperate weather.

Address
147 Wolf Den Drive
Pomfret Center, CT 06259

Phone: 860-928-6121

Email: dep.stateparks@po.state.ct.us
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