Indian Well State ParkShelton, CT
The park's plunging waterfall and gorge give Indian Well State Park its name, but that’s not even the biggest draw at this popular hangout. Located on the western bank of the Housatonic River, with a wide, sandy beach, and shaded picnic grove, the park is a perfect place to spend a lazy summer day. It’s also a perfect place for a not-so-lazy day any time of the year, with the blue-blazed Paugussett Trail traversing the park, bass, perch, and catfish fishing, and the only public boat launch on the river.
Fun fact: Indian Well was named because of the Romeo and Juliet-like Native American legend surrounding the Park's scenic waterfalls and the splash pool at the bottom of the falls. Despite the name, local Native Americans never actually used the area as a well.
1 Indian Well Road
Shelton, CT 06484
(8:00 a.m. – Sunset)
November – March
No vehicular traffic
Main (203) 735-4311
Access details about the boat launch at Lake Housatonic.
Connecticut Forest and Park Association Paugussett Trail Description.
Reserve an open air picnic shelter
- Online: Visit Reserve America
- By phone: 1-877-668-CAMP (2267)
- Learn more about our picnic shelter rental polices and reservation details
FREE – In-State Registered Vehicles
$15 – Out-of-State Vehicles (Weekends/Holidays)
$10 – Out-of-State Vehicles (Weekdays)
$6 – Out-of-State Vehicles (After 4pm)
$112 – Out-of-State Vehicles (Season Pass)
Memorial Day – Labor Day
No pets in park
Yes, on leash