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Big Deer State Park

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Kettle Pond State Park- Kettle Pond State Park lies within the 25,000 plus acre Groton State Forest which is the second largest contiguous public landholding in Vermont. This lovely secluded park offers wonderful fishing and wildlife viewing.

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Big Deer State Park
Copyright: - Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Big Deer State Park
Description - Big Deer State Park is located in the Groton State Forest offering camping and access to miles of hiking trails. The park does not have regular hours and is open based on the needs of Stillwater Campground. Nearby fishing and sight-seeing areas include Kettle Pone and Peacham Bog.

Attractions - Big Deer State Park is located in the Groton State Forest offering camping and access to miles of hiking trails. The park does not have regular hours and is open based on the needs of Stillwater Campground. Surrounding fishing opportunities include Peacham Pond, Lake Groton and Kettle Pond. Boat ramps are available. Two unique natural areas include the Kettle Pond where moss and lichen cover the huge boulders around this secluded blueberry laced pond and Peacham Bog which is a peat land including a variety of wetlands and upland softwoods. This is a good wildlife viewing area.

Recreation - The park campground has 28 tent / trailer sites. The restroom includes hot showers ($). A sanitary dump station is available at Stillwater, but no hookups. There's easy access to the Nature Center and miles of hiking trails. Reservations accepted for the week of July 4 and Labor Day weekend. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures in the lower half of the Lakes / Kingdom region averages 14 to 16 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -9 Celsius). The upper half of this region experiences winter temperatures ranging below 14 degrees Fahrenheit (below -10 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures are cooler along the western area of Lake Champlain averaging 66 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 21 Celsius). The central area of this region expects temperatures from 66 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 20 Celsius) with the eastern area of this region experiencing the coolest summer time temperatures of less than 66 degrees Fahrenheit (below 19 Celsius). The yearly precipitation for Lakes and Kingdom Travel Region vary from less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the western line to more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) along the eastern border of New Hampshire and Canada.

Location - From Groton travel 2 miles west on US 302, then 6 miles northwest on SR 232. Turn east onto Boulder Beach Road and travel 1.5 miles.

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Big Deer State Park, RR 2, Box 332 , Groton, VT, 05046, Phone: 802-584-3822
, jdresser@plainfield.by.pass.com

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Northern Vermont - Northern Vermont stretches between America's sixth largest lake and the state line of New Hampshire, this region offers an array of outdoor activities from boating and fishing to mountain hikes and moose hunting.
Vermont State Parks and Forests - Vermont has over 50 state parks and over 2,200 campsites and shelters available for seasonal use. Most state parks permit cross-country skiing and several permit snowmobiling on designated routes. Vermont also offers over 35 state forests open for recreation use along with four rail trails and nearly a dozen historic sites.

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