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Boulder Beach State Park- Boulder Beach State Park is a day use park offering 75 shady picnic sites, a 200-foot beach for swimming along with an adjacent playground. Boat rental and cartop boat launching facilities available.
Groton State Forest- Groton State Forest is an absolute woodland wonder offering an array of outdoor activities for every taste. There are nine state parcels within this Forest including a trail system which adjoins the parcels and their amenities. Features include trout waters and unsurpassed wildlife viewing.
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.
LR Jones State Forest- Established in 1909 as Vermont's first state forest, LR Jones offers 642 acres adjacent to Groton State Forest with features including Bald Hill and Potter Brook. Primitive camping, hiking and hunting are enjoyed year-round.
Montpelier / Wells River Trail- Falling within the Ricker Pond area of Groton State Forest, this rail trail is 14.5 miles long and is available to bicyclists, horseback riders, hikers and winter cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
Seyon Ranch State Park- Nestled alongside Noyes Pond and the eastern base of Spruce Mountain, Seyon Ranch State Park is a natural habitat for squaretail trout and supports a plentiful trout fishery. In addition to fly fishing, visitors can observe many forms of native wildlife, including moose.
Stillwater State Park- Stillwater State Park lies within the 25,000 plus acre Groton State Forest which is the second largest contiguous public landholding in Vermont. This lovely park rests directly on the shores of Lake Groton bisected by Stillwater Brook.

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Ricker Pond State Park
Copyright: - Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Ricker Pond State Park
Description - Ricker Pond State Park lies within the 25,000 plus acre Groton State Forest which is the second largest contiguous public landholding in Vermont. This scenic and rugged forest is known primarily for its developed camping facilities, but offers a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities. Though only a short drive from Barre, Montpelier or St. Johnsbury, this forest retains a sense of wilderness and supports a wide variety of wildlife, including black bear, moose, deer, grouse, mink, beaver, otter, fisher, loons and herons. A variety of warm water fish can be found in Ricker Pond and nearby Lake Groton. The State Park offers camping, boat launch and rental, hiking, swimming and much more.

Attractions - Ricker Pond State Park lies within the 25,000 plus acre Groton State Forest which is the second largest contiguous public landholding in Vermont. This scenic and rugged forest was the site of intensive logging, beginning in 1873 with the opening of the Montpelier to Wells River railroad that ran through the forest (now a park trail) and ending in the 1920's when most of the timber was cut. Today the forest supports a wide variety of wildlife, including black bear, moose, deer, grouse, mink, beaver, otter, fisher, loons and herons. The most popular fish catches at Ricker Pond are yellow perch, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, largemouth bass, bullhead and panfish. These same species are frequently caught at nearby Lake Groton.

Recreation - Ricker Pond State Park is one of five campgrounds located within Groton State Forest. The park rests on the 92-acre Ricker Pond known for its clear waters and beautiful rolling hills. There are an array of amenities at this park including good fishing waters, boat launch and rental, swimming, hiking, hunting and picnicking. Easy highway access to this park along with its lovely location make this a very popular destination for campers and those interested in day use activities. 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. Turn right on SR 232 and travel 2 miles.


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Ricker Pond State Park, SR 232 , Groton, VT, 05046, Phone: 802-584-3821

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Boulder Beach State Park - Boulder Beach State Park is a day use park offering 75 shady picnic sites, a 200-foot beach for swimming along with an adjacent playground. Boat rental and cartop boat launching facilities available.
Groton State Forest - Groton State Forest is an absolute woodland wonder offering an array of outdoor activities for every taste. There are nine state parcels within this Forest including a trail system which adjoins the parcels and their amenities. Features include trout waters and unsurpassed wildlife viewing.
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.
LR Jones State Forest - Established in 1909 as Vermont's first state forest, LR Jones offers 642 acres adjacent to Groton State Forest with features including Bald Hill and Potter Brook. Primitive camping, hiking and hunting are enjoyed year-round.
Montpelier / Wells River Trail - Falling within the Ricker Pond area of Groton State Forest, this rail trail is 14.5 miles long and is available to bicyclists, horseback riders, hikers and winter cross-country skiing and snowmobiling.
New Discovery State Park - New Discovery State Park lies within the 25,000 plus acre Groton State Forest which is the second largest contiguous public landholding in Vermont. This lovely park offers access to Osmore Pond which has wonderful fishing and wildlife viewing.
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.
Seyon Ranch State Park - Nestled alongside Noyes Pond and the eastern base of Spruce Mountain, Seyon Ranch State Park is a natural habitat for squaretail trout and supports a plentiful trout fishery. In addition to fly fishing, visitors can observe many forms of native wildlife, including moose.
Stillwater State Park - Stillwater State Park lies within the 25,000 plus acre Groton State Forest which is the second largest contiguous public landholding in Vermont. This lovely park rests directly on the shores of Lake Groton bisected by Stillwater Brook.
Vermont Lakes and Reservoirs - On the western side of Vermont, Samuel De Champlain paddled down the huge 435 square mile lake in 1609. Today that lake bears his name, Lake Champlain, and is known as America's "Sixth Great Lake." On the eastern side of the state, the longest river in New England creates the border. In addition, over 808 lakes and ponds and over 7,000 miles of rivers and streams grace the entire landscape.
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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Vermont State Parks - Official Agency Website

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