Picnicking in and Around

Groton & Groton State Forest


The primary location for picnicking is Boulder Beach where there are individual picnic sites with tables and grills.  Also, if the picnic shelters listed below are not reserved for a function, they may also be used.  Boulder Beach and New Discovery have day use fees in their summer season.  Picnic tables and facilities also exist within the camping areas of the State Parks.  Most of the picnic shelters in the Forest were originally constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930's.


Picnic Areas

Picnic tables are available as well as picnic shelters for reunions, group picnics, and other large gatherings.  The shelters can be reserved up to eleven months prior to the date of use and there is a fee for the reservation. Otherwise they are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.  The reservation numbers are shown within the write-ups below.


Boulder Beach

There is a large picnic area adjacent to the beach and swimming on Lake Groton.  A large, 100-person, open picnic shelter is located in a wooded area with a large parking lot nearby.  Large group grills are available. (802)584-3823(park) or (888)409-7579 (reservation call center).


Osmore Pond (within New Discovery State Park)

This area has 19 picnic sites with stone fire places plus a large open log picnic shelter with a stone fireplace.  The shelter capacity is 100 people with parking for 40 cars.  (802)426-3042 (park) or (888)409-7579 (reservation call center).


Owl's Head

A small open log picnic shelter with a stone fireplace. Capacity for 50 people and parking for 15 cars.  (802)426-3042 (park) or (888)409-7579 (reservation call center).


Stillwater and New Discovery

These camping areas have picnic shelters which are available to campers at these state parks.



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