Chittning Pond, Bridgewater

On a simmering summer day, the kids were stir-crazy, so we loaded up our Igloo cooler with munchies and took a day trip to Chittning Pond in Bridgewater, NY. Chittning Pond is a misnomer, I think. It’s a veritable LAKE. This state fishing park is located west of Bridgewater on Route 20. Admission is free.

Welcome to Chittning Pond1

For a weekday at noon, it was rather busy– four other small groups were there besides us. It also seemed to be a favorite site for locals to park their cars to eat their lunches. It is indeed a great view by which to eat your lunch.

Chittning Pond1

The lake view is gorgeous. There are a few nice, neatly mown trails to walk along. The kids loved this! We spied grasshoppers and milkweed bugs, and there was a healthy variety of trees and flowers to investigate. Blue herons swooped down across the surface of the lake and gobbled up the foolish fish who dared swim in shallow waters. Sparrows cheeped and fluttered around us. This little country walk was probably my favorite part of the trip.

Walking Path1
Picking Flowers1
The Hills Are Alive1

Unfortunately, we found a dead bird in the grass. A kingfisher! I had never seen one before. I wonder what happened to him.


Fishing was… OK. The Historian caught a 9-inch bass, but tossed it back in. We probably should have kept it, because it was the biggest fish of the day. Sniffy and Beetle Bailey all caught smaller sunfish. we kept one to bring home, so I could show the boys how to gut and clean a fish. Better fishing is probably to be had from a boat in the deeper waters of the lake.

Guys Fishing
Fishing Dock1

While the others fished, Alic and I tried to find a clean area of grass unspotted from goose dung (a relatively arduous task) to spread our blankets and read and draw. Alice is a budding artist. She made a lovely colored pencil drawing of the lake.

For a day trip for the fishermen in the house, it was fun. Sniffy didn’t want to go. Everyone else was hot, thirsty, and bored after several hours. The trails were the best part of the trip.

Purple Loosestrife1

About the Author

I've been traveling throughout New York State since I got the travel bug after touring the Herkimer Home on a school field trip as a youngster. We've been blogging about our travels since 2006 and have visited over half of New York's 62 counties so far.

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  1. threecollie says:

    Breathtaking bit of summer…thanks!

  2. Isn’t it nice? 😀

    I’m re-posting all my blogger stuff over to here, slowly but surely. I’ve got the seasons backwards, but I don’t care. Boy, it’s great to re-read those hot summer days posts!

  3. Karen says:

    Wow! Those are awesome pictures. I tried to find more pictures of our trip along Highway 1 and cannot find them. It is making me crazy!

  4. HH says:

    ooh, nice pics indeedy! I would love to see Injane’s pencil drawing of the lake…would you be willing to post it? 😀

  5. Sue says:

    We tried to snowshoe here (don’t live far away) . . . didn’t see the trail mentioned above. Can you provide any detail on where it is in relation to the parking area?

  6. Renee says:

    Your picture with the cattails is GORGEOUS!! Very professional… you could probably make lots of money off that one! I’d like to see it blown up on a wall! 🙂

    We go to that lake at least once a year… and I didn’t even know what it was called! Thanks for the great info!

  7. Rena says:

    I just found this post and read it. I visited this place before and forgot where it was!!! I tried finding it last year and forgot how to get there…. thanks for reminding me!!