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part ofHop Brook Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Sun Sep 13 2015   Season Dates


Hop Brook Lake Recreation Area is located just outside the town of Naugatuck, Connecticut. Its 536 acres provide excellent recreation opportunities and a chance to escape from the growing suburbia surrounding the park. Visitors enjoy hiking, canoeing, sailboarding, and fishing.

Natural Features:

The forest surrounding Hop Brook Lake is made up of a wide variety of trees, including white pine, maple, oak, hickory, ash, and dogwood.

Wildlife is abundant in the area. Bird watchers will find hawks, turkeys, waterfowl, and songbirds. White-tailed deer, beaver, squirrels, chipmunks, and many other animals make Hop Brook Lake their home.


Exploring Hop Brook Lake by canoe, sailboard, or rowboat is a favorite activity of visitors. The park's beach and swimming area are great places to relax in the warm summer sun.

Fishing is welcomed at the lake and on its feeder streams, which are stocked with brown, brook, and rainbow trout. Bass and panfish are also found in the lake.

Hikers will find over seven miles of trails winding through the woods and meadows at Hop Brook Lake. An 11-hole disc golf course is also located within the park. The course has scenic views of the lake and dam, and is good for beginners and intermediates of all ages.


This day-use park offers four picnic shelters with electric hookups, picnic tables, and grills. A ball field on-site can also be reserved. Smaller family picnic sites are available on a first come, first served basis.

Amenities include flush toilets, drinking water, a beach, trails for hiking and biking, ball fields, volleyball courts, and horseshoe pit.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Accessible Trails
  • Baseball Fields
  • Beach
  • Creek Access
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Disc Golf
  • Drinking Water (Peak Season)
  • Fishing
  • Fitness Trails
  • Flush Toilets
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Non-Motorized Boating
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Ranger Station
  • Self Pay Station
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Wildlife Viewing
Less Than 1 Mile
  • ATM
  • Fuel Available
  • General Store
  • Horseback Riding Trails
Within 10 Miles
  • Bank
  • Bus Stop
  • Church
  • Grocery Store
  • Hospital
  • Ice
  • Lodging
  • Recycling
  • Restaurant
Know Before You Go
  • This is a day-use area; no overnight camping allowed
  • To prevent damage to lawn and grounds, vehicles are prohibited beyond the gates (access will be granted to ); be prepared to carry in or use hand trucks/wagons to transport bulky items
  • From the first full week before Memorial Day through the last full weekend after Labor Day, an additional fee of $4/vehicle and $1/walker/biker/runner will be charged
  • ATVs and OHVs are prohibited
  • Pets are not allowed on beach
  • Motor boats are prohibited
  • Generators are prohibited
  • America the Beautiful pass holders receive half off the day-use fee
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
41.51333, -73.06667
41°30'48"N, 73°4'0"W

From Bridgeport, take Route 8 N 23.5 miles to Exit 26/CT-63 S at Naugatuck. Head southeast on Main Street and turn onto Ct-63 N. Travel 3 miles to the park; entrance is on the north side of the road.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

4 Straits Turnpike
Middlebury  CT  06762

Phone Number:

Information:  (203)729-8840
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