What to do in Ricker Pond State Park

Ricker 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 short 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 warm water fish can be found in Ricker Pond and nearby Lake Groton. The State Park offers camping, boat launch and rental, hiking, swimming and much more.

Ricker 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. The most popular fish catches at Ricker Pond are yellow perch, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, largemouth bass, bullhead and panfish. These same species are frequently caught at nearby Lake Groton.

Recreation
Ricker Pond State Park is one of five campgrounds located within Groton State Forest. The park rests on the 92-acre Ricker Pond known for its clear waters and beautiful rolling hills. There are an array of amenities at this park including good fishing waters, boat launch and rental, swimming, hiking, hunting and picnicking. Easy highway access to this park along with its lovely location make this a very popular destination for campers and those interested in day use activities. 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. Turn right on SR 232 and travel 2 miles.

Climate
Winter daytime temperatures in the lower half of the Lakes / Kingdom region averages 14 to 16 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -9 Celsius). The upper half of this region experiences winter temperatures ranging below 14 degrees Fahrenheit (below -10 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures are cooler along the western area of Lake Champlain averaging 66 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 21 Celsius). The central area of this region expects temperatures from 66 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 20 Celsius) with the eastern area of this region experiencing the coolest summer time temperatures of less than 66 degrees Fahrenheit (below 19 Celsius). The yearly precipitation for Lakes and Kingdom Travel Region vary from less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the western line to more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) along the eastern border of New Hampshire and Canada.

Address
SR 232
Groton, VT 05046

Phone: 802-584-3821

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