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Connecticut
Connecticut
River Valley Region
River Valley Region
Salmon River State Forest
Salmon River State Forest
SALMON RIVER STATE FOREST
SALMON RIVER STATE FOREST
Get a glimpse of earlier times as you walk through one of Connecticut's covered bridges. Enjoy a day of fishing and a picnic along the Salmon River.
History of the Area
The first purchase of lands which comprise the Salmon River Forest was made by the State Board of Fisheries and Game in 1934. The Forest now contains nearly 6,000 acres located in the towns of Hebron, Marlborough Colchester, East Haddam, and East Hampton. Included in the forest area is 1,300 acres that are leased from the United States Government.The important tributaries of the Salmon River are the Dickenson Stream, Blackledge River, Jeremy River, and Fawn Brook, all of which enter the main river above Comstock Bridge. The Salmon River joins the Connecticut River a short distance from East Haddam. It is probably the largest stream and watershed whose sources and mouth are entirely within the limits of the State.One of the early and notable settlers in this area was John Carrier who was reputed to be the executioner of Charles the First and who fled England when the monarchy was restored. His family name still exists on the land records of the area.The towns in this area were settled during the early part of 1700 and were typical of the early New England settlements. Streams and ponds were dammed to furnish waterpower for grist mills, tanneries, and later paper mills.The Salmon River and its tributaries each had more mills trying to operate by the middle of the nineteenth century than the water supply could support during periods of minimal precipitation. At North Westchester, for example, during low periods the grist mills had to operate at night and the paper mill by the day.The easy accessibility of the Salmon River and its tributaries has made the forest a very popular fishing area.
Nearby Accommodations
The Connecticut River Valley Inn - Glastonbury, CTBBs / Inns
Restored and updated to a 5 room inn, centrally located in the pastoral yet progressive town of Glastonbury, Connecticut. Just steps from either a medley of casual to fine dining restaurants or from quiet walks along the Connecticut River. A fusion of the historic past with the style, artistry and conveniences of the new millennium.
9.7 miles from park*


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Things To Do in the Area
Explore the Connecticut River aboard the R/V River Quest, an environmentally friendly 64', 60 passenger vessel docked at Eagle Landing State Park, Haddam, CT.
14.1 miles from park*
Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
April 27 Beautiful area for all kinds of activity by Ed popham
March 26 Good Hike
You begin hike by crossing the historic comstock bridge. You follow a trail that leads you along the river where you might run into some fisherman. The trail then takes you up hill out of the river valley. It would be considered an easy uphill, nothing that steep. The trails will lead you through some new england woods. You can take a the blue trail which will lead you to Day Pond state park. Not sure what the total mileage is but it is under 5 miles. from the point you park your car unitl you return. Have a good hike. Salmon river offers good trout fishing as well for any of you anglers out there. There is a fly fishing only zone marked by signs.


Area Campgrounds
Nelson's Family Campground
71 Mott Hill Road
E. Hampton, CT
Wolf's Den Campground
256 Town Street
East Haddam, CT
860-873-9681
Markham Meadows Campground
7 Markham Road
East Hampton, CT
860-267-9738
Lake Williams Campground
1742 Exeter Road Route 207
Lebanon, CT
860-642-7761
Water's Edge Family Campground
271 Leonard Bridge Road
Lebanon, CT
Indianfield Campground
306 Old Calchester Road
Salem, CT
860-859-1320
Salem Farms Campground
39 Alexander Road
Salem, CT
860-859-2320
Witch Meadow Lake Campground
139 Witch Meadow Road
Salem, CT
860-859-1542
Area Accommodations (over 15 miles away)
Tidewater Inn Bed and Breakfast - Madison, CTBBs / Inns
Located in the shoreline village of Madison, CT, the Inn offers a cozy and elegant atmosphere of antiques and estate furniture.
27 miles from park*
Located along the CT Shoreline midway between New York City and Boston, and only one hour from Hartford, with tons of local attractions both on the Long Island Sound and the Connecticut River.
17.8 miles from park*
Weather Forecast, (06447)

Directions
From the Norwich area: take Route 2 west, Exit 18. Follow Route 16 west for 6.2 miles; turn left into the recreation area.

From the New London area: follow Route 11 north onto Route 2 west, Exit 18. Follow Route 16 west for 6.2 miles. Turn left into the recreation area.

From the Middletown area: follow Route 66 east onto Route 16. Follow Route 16 east for 5.5 miles. Turn right into recreation area.

From the Hartford area: take Route 2 east, Exit 16. Follow Route 149 south for 3.2 miles. Turn right onto Route 16 west. Follow Route 16 west for 1.9 miles. Turn left into the recreation area.

USA Parks
USA Parks
Connecticut
Connecticut
River Valley Region
River Valley Region
Salmon River State Forest
Salmon River State Forest