Located entirely in the town of Burlington, is approximately 1,352 acres. This forest was originally designated in 1926 to protect the watershed for the state fish hatchery, now called the Burlington Trout Hatchery. Nassahegon State Forest was considered part of Nepaug State Forest until 1942.
The forest is a major part of what gives Burlington its attractive rural character. Nassahegon is actively managed for forest products, wildlife habitat and a variety of recreational activities, including hunting, hiking and birdwatching. For example, it contains miles of Blue-blazed Trails. Besides these benefits, available to all who visit the State Forest, the forest continues to provide a protective buffer for Belden Brook, its tributaries and associated springs. These are the water sources for the state fish hatchery, which remains as an important area landmark.
The Burlington Trout Hatchery provides fishing stock for close to 360 different water bodies, including everything west of the Connecticut River. It is one of two fish hatcheries run by DEP, with the other being in the Quinebaug Hatchery Ponds in Plainfield. The Burlington hatchery produces hundreds of thousands of fish annually'in the most recent season, the hatchery yielded approximately 200,000 adult fish, 400,000 fry, and 29,000 fingerlings, totaling over 100,000 pounds! Brown trout, brook trout, rainbow trout, tiger trout and Kokanee salmon are all reared at the facility. The hatchery was established in 1925 and, 80 years later, is still serving the state. It runs on a gravity water system, which means there are no electrical costs for water pumping.
Fees, permits, and reservations may apply.