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Haddam Meadows State Park
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Haddam Meadows State Park Swan Dance © Gary Jordan
One swan gave me a classic pose.
Haddam Meadows State Park Spread Wings © Gary Jordan
A swan keeping its wings cleaned and groomed.
Haddam Meadows State Park Haddam Meadows © Gary Jordan
The meadows end of the park
Haddam Meadows State Park Dock on the Connecticut River © Gary Jordan
Boat launch and dock open to the public
Haddam Meadows State Park A Gaggle © Gary Jordan
Swans feeding off vegetation in the Connecticut River.
Haddam Meadows State Park Resident Swans II © Gary Jordan
These swans were the last ones to get up and hop in the water after a nights sleep.
Haddam Meadows State Park Resident Swans I © Gary Jordan
If you look close enough this is a cluster of five swans that slept together on the ice. I obesrved while one by one they woke up and hopped back in the water.
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381 Route 80
Killingworth, Connecticut   06419

Phone: 860-663-2030
Toll Free: 866-287-2757
Haddam Meadows State Park overlooks the scenic Connecticut River and offers opportunities for boating, fishing, and picnicking.
History of the Area
In colonial times the broad floodplain that is now Haddam Meadows State Park played an important role in the agricultural economy of the area. Fertilized each year by spring flooding along the banks of the Connecticut River, it yielded abundant crops of hay and grain. After the harvest, the meadow was used as common pasture for all who owned livestock in Haddam.

Situated on the channel side of the river, the meadows were important in the last century as a shipping point. River steamers brought cargoes from New York and returned loaded with products like firewood or gin. Later, the railroad did a flourishing business carrying people to and from Saybrook to Hartford. Several local train stops were situated within the boundaries of the present park.

The park was created in 1944 with a gift of 154 acres from the Hazen Foundation.
Connecticut has made state parks, forests, trails, historic sites and beaches more accessible to our residents so they can enjoy the many attractions and beauty they offer. Under the Passport to the Parks program, parking fees are now eliminated at Connecticut State Parks for those with Connecticut registered vehicles. You can view the CONNECTICUT PASSPORT TO THE PARKS web page to learn more.
Nearby Accommodations
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BBs / Inns
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.
9.6 miles from park*

Things To Do in the Area
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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.
2.1 miles from park*

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From the North: off I-91 south, take a left, Exit 20 onto Route 9. Take Exit 10 off Route 9 onto Route 154. Follow Route 154 and Haddam Meadows State Park is on the left.

From the South: take I-95, then take Exit 69 onto Route 9 north. Take a right onto Exit 7 onto Route 82. Go straight onto Route 154. Follow Route 154 and Haddam Meadows State Park is on the right.

From the East: off I-395, take Exit 80 onto Route 82. Follow Route 82 over the drawbridge. Take a right onto Route 154. Follow Route 154 north and Haddam Meadows State Park will be on the right.

From the West: off I-84 east, take a right, Exit 27 onto I-691. Follow I-691 to route 91 north, and then right onto Route 9 south. Follow Route 9 and take Exit 10 onto Route 154. Follow Route 154 and Haddam Meadows State Park is on the left.

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