Schreeder Pond is an icon of Chatfield Hollow State Park with a long sandy beach and fresh, clear waters. It's located in Killingworth, Connecticut, and in the summer season, there is a designated swimming area with a lifeguard. Around the lake, there are many picnicking areas and grills to enjoy a calm and relaxing day.
Chatfield Hollow is open from the second Saturday in April to the day after Columbus Day in October. During this time, you can visit from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. There is a weekend/holiday fee of $9 for residents and $15 for non-residents. On these days, the gate near the entrance booth is open for access to an upper parking lot. There are also some handicap parking spots next to the beach area. Regular visitors can purchase a season pass for unlimited vehicle access to Connecticut State Parks (with a few exceptions), which is valid for one vehicle and non-transferable. Residents should also check out the library’s museum pass program for additional discounts.
Schreeder Pond is fed by the Chatfield Hollow Brook at its northern end and it outflows at the southern end, eventually reaching the Long Island Sound. An earth and stone dam was built across the brook in 1934 by Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Company 171 and created this seven-acre lake. The CCC was part of a program set up by President F.D.R. to help relieve families and provide work following the Great Depression. These young men were between 18 and 25 years of age and were paid $30 per month, $25 of which was sent directly home to their families. Around the lake, you will also see numerous pine trees that they planted to create a dark green setting with a blanketed, soft, pine floor. They even constructed the Oak Lodge, seen across the water from the beach, which has a commemorative plaque outside of it on a rock with Roosevelt's name on it.
Chatfield Hollow State Park is a family-fun destination for learning and exploring. There are over 23 miles of trails and roads, metamorphic outcroppings, planted pine groves, bountiful fishing ponds, Indian caves, and a historic nature center. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection maintains a MAP of these trails with the location of the park's many features. When you’re not in the water, make sure to spend some time enjoying the beautiful grounds.