State park damage

(WFSB) - Many of Connecticut's state parks, forests, campgrounds and wildlife management areas reopened, but several remained closed due to damage from Tropical Storm Isaias.

Tuesday, the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection released a list of what will be open and closed as of Wednesday, Aug. 12.

  • American Legion SF and Austin Hawes Campground OPEN
  • Assekonk Swamp Wildlife Mgmt. Area CLOSED
  • Barn Island Wildlife Mgmt. Area OPEN
  • Bear Hill Wildlife Mgmt. Area OPEN
  • Belding Wildlife Mgmt. Area CLOSED
  • Bigelow Hollow SP OPEN
  • Black Rock SP OPEN
  • Black Rock Campground OPEN
  • Bluff Point SP OPEN
  • Burr Pond SP OPEN
  • Chatfield Hollow CLOSED
  • Day Pond SP OPEN
  • Dennis Hill SP CLOSED
  • Devil's Hopyard SP OPEN
  • Devil's Hopyard Campground OPEN
  • Dinosaur SP CLOSED (Museum closed, grounds open)
  • Eagle Landing SP OPEN
  • Flaherty Field Trial Area / Wildlife Mgmt. Area OPEN
  • Fort Griswold Battlefield SP OPEN
  • Fort Trumbull SP OPEN
  • Franklin Wildlife Mgmt. Area CLOSED
  • Gardner Lake SP OPEN
  • Gay City SP OPEN
  • Gillette Castle SP OPEN – Castle closed
  • Goshen Wildlife Mgmt. Area OPEN
  • Haddam Meadows SP OPEN
  • Hammonasset Beach SP – Day-use (Beach area) OPEN
  • Hammonasset Campground OPEN
  • Harkness Memorial SP OPEN
  • Haystack Mountain SP OPEN
  • Housatonic Meadows SP and Campground OPEN
  • Hopeville Pond SP OPEN
  • Hopeville Pond Campground OPEN
  • Huntington SP OPEN (limited parking)
  • Hurd SP OPEN
  • Indian Well SP OPEN
  • Kent Falls SP CLOSED
  • Kettletown SP CLOSED
  • Kettletown SP Campground CLOSED
  • Kollar Wildlife Mgmt. Area OPEN
  • Lake Waramaug SP OPEN
  • Lake Waramaug SP Campground OPEN
  • Larkin State Park Trail CLOSED (some sections)
  • Aldo Leopold Wildlife Mgmt. Area CLOSED
  • Lover’s Leap SP OPEN
  • Macedonia Brook SP and Campground OPEN
  • Mansfield Hollow SP OPEN
  • Mansfield Hollow Boat Launch OPEN
  • Mashamoquet SP OPEN
  • Mashamoquet and Wolf Den Campgrounds OPEN
  • Millers Pond SP OPEN
  • John Minetto SP OPEN
  • Mohawk Mountain SP OPEN
  • Mount Tom SP OPEN
  • Natchaug SF OPEN
  • Newgate Wildlife Mgmt. Area OPEN
  • Nod Brook Wildlife Mgmt. Area OPEN
  • Osbornedale SP OPEN
  • Pachuag SF – inc. Green Falls and Mt. Misery campgrounds OPEN
  • Paugussett SF CLOSED
  • Pattaconk Recreation Area – Cockaponset SF OPEN
  • Pease Brook Wildlife Mgmt. Area OPEN
  • Pierrepont State Park and boat launch CLOSED
  • Penwood SP OPEN
  • Peoples SF OPEN
  • Pierrepont State Park and boat launch CLOSED
  • Putnam Memorial SP OPEN
  • Quaddick SP and boat launch OPEN
  • Robbins Swamp Wildlife Mgmt. Area OPEN
  • Rocky Neck State Park – Day-use (beach) OPEN
  • Rocky Neck SP Campground OPEN
  • Roraback Wildlife Mgmt. Area OPEN
  • Salt Rock SP and Campground OPEN
  • Scantic River SP OPEN
  • Seaside SP OPEN
  • Shade Swamp Wildlife Mgmt. Area OPEN
  • Shenipsit SF OPEN
  • Sherwood Island SP OPEN
  • Silver Sands SP OPEN
  • Simsbury Wildlife Mgmt. Area OPEN
  • Sleeping Giant SP OPEN
  • Southford Falls SP OPEN
  • Squantz Pond SP OPEN
  • Stratton Brook SP OPEN
  • Talcott Mountain SP OPEN
  • Tankerhoosen Wildlife Mgmt. Area CLOSED
  • Topsmead SF OPEN
  • Wadsworth Falls SP OPEN
  • George Waldo SP CLOSED
  • West Rock Ridge SP OPEN
  • Wharton Brook SP OPEN

DEEP preemptively closed state parks before Tropical Storm Isaias hit the state last Tuesday. 

All campers were required to leave campgrounds at that time, DEEP said. All day-use areas of parks also closed.

The decision was made after a review of the forecast and an assessment from the state Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.

DEEP said campers will automatically receive a refund for the nights' camping fees that were missed. Campers who do not check back in to the campground after the storm will receive a refund for the remainder of their stay.

Because all day-use areas of parks and forests closed at noon on Tuesday, DEEP did not charge anyone for parking at its shoreline parks as visitors.

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