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Hopeville Pond State Park, Connecticut

   

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AMENITIES:
Tent camping is available
RV hookups are available
Campfires are allowed
Fishing
Boating
Cabins
Restrooms
Showers
Store
Restaurant
Electric power hookups are available
Tap Water
Lodging

Activities: fishing, canoeing and horseback riding

My family and I and two friends with their kids (3 and 14) went for the weekend. Got there Friday, had a wonderful time all day. When night came that's when all the trouble started. A few campsites away from us there were kids having a great time, they were not disturbing us at all.
Later in the night a few of them jump in the water. From dusk to about
 
    that time, a park ranger has been driving around every few hours.

About an hours after the kids jump in the water, that park ranger pulls up to our campsite and comes over with his flashlight pointing at us, asking us what
 we were doing. At first we did not think anything of it, until we figured out that he was assuming we were the ones making the noise. He said their was a noise complaint called in and we told him it was not us. We did not even have music playing. But he seemed like he did not care what we said. Then he asked if anyone was disturbing us, and we said no. Then he says, because you're probably the ones disturbing everyone else. That what got me and my wife angry. Then he asked if we were in the water, and as we were answering no, he was flashing the light up and down to see if we were wet. At that exact moment the park ranger's accusing us, the guilty ones (the kids) came walking around the  
corner screaming and laughing and wet from having a great time, I'm guessing. So my wife already angry says in a loud voice, I GUESS THAT'S US OFFICER. He got really angry, his face turned red. He ran up to the kids yelling at the top of his lungs and asked what campsite they were at and that they were being evicted from the park. Then he came back over to us and instead of apologizing for making a mistake, he evicted us too. And he told me if my wife did not shut up, he was going to arrest her for bridge of peace. Then he told us we had to pack up and leave, we were in shock, it was about 2:00 am in the morning and we had kids sleeping. He then jumped in his truck and went to the kids' site to make sure they were packing up. He drove back to our campsite, and I went up to him and told him we had kids sleeping and there would be no way to pack up in the middle of the night. If it was a little more light out I would have packed up with no problem at all, but it was too dark. So he told me, all this time his yelling at the top of his lungs that in the ''morning'' he wanted us out of here. So me and my wife got up in the morning around 8:30/9 and went to the restrooms to wash up, my 15yr old came running up to us and said that the ranger was at our site. So we rushed over to see what was going on. He jumpeds out of his truck and said, I thought I told you to be out of here at 8:30. We looked at each other with even more shock and I said you did not say a time, you said in the morning. We knew he just wanted to get us angry, so he can make an arrest. He asked for my wife's ID and proceeded to write her a $75 ticket for trespassing. Then he told us that we didn't have to leave just my wife. I guess that's how they do it where he was from. To us you kick my wife out you kick everyone out. So we started to pack our things.

I have been camping for many years and a few time at Hopeville and never had this happen to us. I will never go to Hopeville again. I'm writing this review so no family has to experience what we had. My wife is a paralegal for a law firm and we will be filing a complaint with the DEP. We know nothing will happen to the officer, but if there is a complaint on file. I'm sure it will happen again and they will see this complaint on file.
Thanks for reading.
Says Dumey Family

 

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Other campgrounds near Hopeville Pond State Park, Connecticut:

   Ross Hill Park, Lisbon, 1 miles away
      
   Ross Hill Park, Jewett City, 1 miles away
      
   Ross Hill Park, Lisbon, 1 miles away
      
   Ross Hill Park, Lisbon, 2 miles away
      
   Sunfox Campground, Lisbon, 2 miles away
      
   Campers World Campground, Jewett City, 3 miles away
      
   Countryside Campground, Griswold, 3 miles away
      
   Deer Haven Campground LLC, Jewett City, 3 miles away
      
   Hidden Acres Family Campground, Preston, 3 miles away
      
   Amos Lake Beach and Camping Area, Preston, 4 miles away
      

Marinas near Hopeville Pond State Park, Connecticut:

   Marina at American Wharf, Norwich, 8 miles away

   Gales Ferry Marina, Gales Ferry, 11 miles away

   Mystic Downtown Marina, Mystic, 13 miles away

   Mystic Ship Yard East, Mystic, 13 miles away

   Gwenmor Marina, Mystic, 13 miles away


Paddling Rivers Near Hopeville Pond State Park, Connecticut:

   Quinebaug River, Windham County, 12 miles away
      Class III - 0.5 miles long (Below Route 6)

   Natchaug River, Tolland/ Windham County, 14 miles away
      Class II-IV - 0.9 miles long (England Road to Route 198)

   Clear and Branch, Providence County, 28 miles away
      Class I-II - 7.5 miles long (Harrisville to Nasonville)


Public Lands near Hopeville Pond State Park, Connecticut:

   Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor, Putnam - CT, 18 miles away
      
   Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Woonsocket - RI, 39 miles away
      
   Hopeville Pond State Park, Connecticut, 4 miles away

   Stoddard Hill State Park, Connecticut, 9 miles away

   Mashamoquet Brook State Park, Connecticut, 13 miles away

   Haley Farm State Park, Connecticut, 14 miles away

   Bluff Point Coastal Reserve State Park, Connecticut, 15 miles away


Trails near Hopeville Pond State Park, Connecticut:

   Narragansett Trail, New London County, 8 miles away

   Narragansett Trail, New London County, 9 miles away


Beaches Near Hopeville Pond State Park, Connecticut:

   Nauyaug Coast, New London County, 14 miles away

   Groton Beach, New London County, 14 miles away

   Esker Point Beach, New London County, 14 miles away

   DuBois Beach, New London County, 15 miles away

   Groton Long Point Main Beach, New London County, 15 miles away


Golf Courses Near Hopeville Pond State Park, Connecticut:

   River Ridge Golf Course, Jewett City, 1 miles away

   Brooklyn Golf Course, Brooklyn, 11 miles away

   Pequot Golf Club, Stonington, 12 miles away

   Elmridge Golf Course, Stonington, 13 miles away

   Birch Plain Golf Course & Driving Range, Groton, 14 miles away


Lakes Near Hopeville Pond State Park, Connecticut:

   Hopeville Pond, New London County, 3 miles away

   Pachaug Pond, New London County, 3 miles away

   Beach Pond, New London County, 11 miles away

   Alexander Lake, Windham County, 15 miles away

   Halls Pond, Windham County, 15 miles away


Current weather conditions at Hopeville Pond State Park, Connecticut
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Local climate location: MANSFIELD HOLLOW LAKE 11 miles away


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