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Below the dam inside the Mansfield Hollow State Park, CT

Mansfield Hollow State Park


This place was exciting, and wildly under rated. This Examiner spent the day walking the shoreline of this vast lake that pools up behind the 80 plus foot high dam. No Dam in Connecticut can compare to this massive behemoth. Stretching several miles in length on both sides the water pool’s up into lakes with endless shores and the water is clean, clear and cold.

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The United States Army Corps of Engineers runs this massive concrete structure at the intersection of three mighty Connecticut rivers. The Fenton, Mt. Hope and Natchaug Rivers all empty into the base of this massive dam creating a pool of deep water year round.

According to the US Army Corps Of Engineers website, over 16 billion gallons of water can be held back by this engineering marvel. With gates that are opened and closed to help reduce flooding along the Thames River miles away. All the facts about this place can be found at US Army Corp of Engineers.

Want some real fun this weekend with or without the family in tow. Then this place has it just right, as the locals know; who will crowd the place on nice days. You too, could find yourself whiling away the hours, walking the shoreline of this massive artificial lake. But make sure to save sometime and rest up on a bench on the top of the dam.

There are many trails to hike through here, but your bound to spend most of your time along the lake. Check out the slideshow.

Here are some quick directions so you can get the most out of your trip.

From Route 84

Exit onto Route 195 head towards UCONN.

Go past the University of Connecticut in Storrs.

Take a left onto Bassetts Bridge Road

Turn right onto Mansfield Hollow Road Extension

At stop sign go straight onto Mansfield Hollow Road

Continue to the Dam at end and park.

Or stay on Bassetts Bridge Road drive over the top side of the dam into the Mansfield Hollow State Park.