Description - *This information was provided by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection*
In colonial times the broad floodplain that is now Haddam Meadows State Park played an important role in the agricultural economy of the area. Fertilized each year by spring flooding along the banks of the Connecticut River, it yielded abundant crops of hay and grain. After the harvest, the meadow was used as common pasture for all who owned livestock in Haddam.
Situated on the channel side of the river, the meadows were important in the last century as a shipping point. River steamers brought cargoes from New York and returned loaded with products like firewood or gin. Later, the railroad did a flourishing business carrying people to and from Saybrook to Hartford. Several local train stops were situated within the boundaries of the present park.
The park was created in 1944 with a gift of 154 acres from the Hazen Foundation.
- Haddam Meadows State Park offers a boat launch ramp, and picnic facilities.
Recreation - Boating, fishing, and picnicking are some of the activities that you can do at Haddam Meadows.
Climate - The climate of this state involves a moderate amount of humidity, heat and cold. Summer highs reach 90 degrees F with low temperatures near 65 degrees. Evenings near the water can become cool and light jackets and sweaters are recommended. Winter temperatures average in the mid thirties during the day and in the teens at night. Rarely do temperatures dip to zero, especially in the southern portion of the state, where the water influences the more temperate weather.
From the North: off I-91 south, take a left, Exit 20 onto Route 9. Take Exit 10 off Route 9 onto Route 154. Follow Route 154 and Haddam Meadows State Park is on the left.
From the South: take I-95, then take Exit 69 onto Route 9 north. Take a right onto Exit 7 onto Route 82. Go straight onto Route 154. Follow Route 154 and Haddam Meadows State Park is on the right.
From the East: off I-395, take Exit 80 onto Route 82. Follow Route 82 over the drawbridge. Take a right onto Route 154. Follow Route 154 north and Haddam Meadows State Park will be on the right.
From the West: off I-84 east, take a right, Exit 27 onto I-691. Follow I-691 to route 91 north, and then right onto Route 9 south. Follow Route 9 and take Exit 10 onto Route 154. Follow Route 154 and Haddam Meadows State Park is on the left.