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Swimming Reopens at Rocky Neck State Park After Water Quality Concerns

The water at Rocky Neck State Park has reopened after a second round of testing found the water quality safe enough for swimming.

The swimming area had been closed Tuesday after testing found high levels of indicator bacteria.

The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection collects water samples at state parks and beaches each week and has them tested for bacteria. Local health departments are responsible for sampling municipal beaches and swimming areas, so those results are separate.

The indicator bacteria found in the tests do not cause disease, but they are a tool used to test for possible contamination in the water.

State Parks Open for Swimming

  • Hammonasset Beach State Park Madison
  • Sherwood Island State Park Westport
  • Silver Sands State Park Milford
  • Black Rock State Park Watertown
  • Burr Pond State Park Torrington
  • Chatfield Hollow State Park Killingworth
  • Cockaponset State Forest (Pattaconk) Chester
  • Day Pond State Park Colchester
  • Gardner Lake State Park Salem
  • Gay City State Park Hebron
  • Hopeville Pond State Park Griswold
  • Indian Well State Park Shelton
  • Lake Waramaug State Park Kent
  • Mount Tom State Park Litchfield
  • Pachaug State Forest (Green Falls Pond) Voluntown
  • Quaddick State Park Thompson
  • Rocky Neck State Park Niantic
  • Squantz Pond State Park New Fairfield
  • Stratton Brook State Park Simsbury
  • Wadsworth Falls State Park Middlefield
  • Wharton Brook State Park Wallingford

State Parks Closed for Swimming

  • Mashamoquet Brook State Park, Pomfret (closed due to maintenance)
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