Log In
Join Now

Camping at Hopeville Pond Picnic Shelter

Scan for Cancellations
All campsites booked in Hopeville Pond Picnic Shelter? Create a scan and we’ll notify you when somebody cancels.
Scan for Cancellations

Introduction to Hopeville Pond Picnic Shelter

Hopeville Pond Picnic Shelter is a recreational facility typically found within Hopeville Pond State Park, which is located in Griswold, Connecticut. The park itself offers a variety of outdoor activities for visitors including camping, fishing, swimming, and hiking. The picnic shelter specifically provides a designated area where groups can gather and enjoy meals and activities, rain or shine.

Reservations and Fees


  • Advance Booking: Picnic shelters, including the Hopeville Pond Picnic Shelter, often require advance reservations, especially during peak seasons or on weekends.
  • Reservation System: Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) usually manages state park reservations. You may need to book through an online system or call the park office.


  • Shelter Fee: There may be a rental fee for the day's use of the shelter, which varies depending on the size of the group and the desired date.
  • Parking Fee: Additionally, the park might charge a parking or entrance fee per vehicle upon arrival.

Facilities and Amenities

Shelter Amenities:

  • Coverage: The shelter typically offers a roofed structure providing protection from the elements.
  • Tables: It includes picnic tables for seating and dining.
  • Grills: You may find grills or fire pits for cooking purposes.
  • Electricity: Check if the shelter provides electricity if you need it for your event.

Additional Facilities:

  • Restrooms: There are usually restrooms located near the picnic shelter.
  • Playgrounds: Some areas might include playgrounds for children.
  • Water Access: Given the proximity to Hopeville Pond, there might be access to water activities.

Activities and Attractions

  • Fishing: Hopeville Pond is a popular site for anglers, offering various fish species.
  • Boating: Boating may be permitted on the pond with certain restrictions.
  • Swimming: There might be a designated area for swimming during summer months.
  • Trails: Hiking trails in the surrounding park areas provide scenic views and wooded paths.
  • Wildlife Viewing: The park may offer opportunities to see local wildlife in its natural habitat.

Rules and Regulations

  • Alcohol: Most state parks prohibit the consumption of alcohol.
  • Pets: Pets may be allowed but typically must be on a leash at all times.
  • Trash: "Carry in, carry out" policy is commonly enforced, requiring visitors to take their trash with them.
  • Noise: There may be noise restrictions, especially in the evening hours.
  • Fires: Fires are generally only allowed in designated fire pits or grills.

Safety and Considerations

  • Weather Preparedness: Be ready for changing weather conditions and have a contingency plan.
  • Wildlife Caution: Do not feed wildlife and keep a safe distance.
  • Emergency: Have a first-aid kit ready and know the quickest route to the nearest hospital.
  • Supervision: Children should be closely supervised, especially near water or on trails.

Contact and More Information

For the most current and detailed information about the Hopeville Pond Picnic Shelter, including reservations, fees, and park rules, it's best to contact the park directly. They can provide the necessary details to plan your visit effectively:

  • Park Office Contact: You can typically find the contact number for the park office on Connecticut’s DEEP website.
  • Online Resources: Check the website for more information regarding hours of operation, seasonal activities, and any alerts or updates concerning the park's status.

Remember that information can change seasonally or due to special events and maintenance activities, so always verify details before planning your outing.

Map of Campgrounds in Hopeville Pond Picnic Shelter
Campgrounds in Hopeville Pond Picnic Shelter
Scan for Cancellations
All campsites booked in Hopeville Pond Picnic Shelter? Create a scan and we’ll notify you when somebody cancels.
Scan for Cancellations
National Parks Badges

Get The Campsite Reservations You Want

Create a scan to get notified once a reservation opens at a campground you're interested in.