Indian Well State Park

The state of Connecticut first obtained 151 acres for a recreation area in 1928. This stretch of the river was once a ship building center owned by the Leavenworth family. Ship building declined after the War of 1812. A community of homes in an area of Indian Well known as The Great Plain" was buried under Lake Housatonic by the creation of the dam.

It was also the site of Camp Irving, a Boy Scout encampment during the 1920's and 1930's. It is now a state owned and managed facility established in 1927. It offers boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming, hiking, and a sports field.

The legend of the falls at Indian Well--something we are not able to verify--is that an Indian princess killed herself by jumping off the top of the falls, in anguish over her forbidden love of a rival tribe's favorite son. One version of the legend has her young lover also leaping to his death after he discovers her body at the base of the falls.

Continue about one mile on Route 110 to Riverview Park.

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