West Thompson Lake and Quinebaug River

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West Thompson Lake and Quinebaug River is a 8.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Thompson, Connecticut that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
8.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
400 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

paddle sports

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bridge out

On the west side you have a looped trail. One is closer to the water the other is higher in elevation looking over the lake.

3 months ago

Hiked on 11/4/17. Beautiful Fall day. Parked at the boat ramp and headed north along the east side of the lake and completed the entire loop which was 7.8 miles on my tracker. Some really nice sections. Not much elevation change. Loved the ridge on the northeast section of the lake. Nice valley/gully type section with standing water and willows in the northwest section while I was heading backed south. There was a short road section at the north end of the lake to cut across before heading back south. Some great river views. Saw a few hunters and heard many shots. The disc golf course near the boat ramp section looked cool. Worth the 1 hour and 15 min drive!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice little loop trails, well marked, great little patch of woods and nature for where it is.
Never done the loop all the way around, but both sides of the lake offer various trails from single wide paths to old roads.

hiking
6 months ago

Mix of shaded and sunny areas. A bit difficult for kids under 10. Take lots of water and sunscreen on a hot day. Some scenic areas and a lot of walking inside the woods.

10 months ago

Dogs do not have to be kept on a leash but under control on marked trails. Great place. Many trails to try

Monday, January 02, 2017

We did the complete 7.5 mile hike around the entire body of water including the tributaries. We did our hike on January 2 the some of the trails had ice and we had to be cautious. We did not experience a hunter although it is hunting season and orange is required. The elevations were interesting and the views of the water were very beautiful. The army corps of engineers did a fantastic job of putting orange metal markers along almost the entire route. The only way to get around the entire lake is to go all the way up to red Bridge Road. Thus to do the entire lake it is a 7 1/2 mile hike. We recommend this hike

hiking
Saturday, November 26, 2016

The hiking here is okay - but it is also an amazing place to bring kayaks (so much wild life - the bird sanctuary, tons of turtles, otters, etc) and the disc golf course is one of the cleanest and most reliable courses I have played.

hiking
Thursday, October 20, 2016

I hiked and reviewed this dog friendly trail last year. But the trail is so picturesque in the fall that it was a hike well worth doing again. This year we followed the Ramsdell Woods Trail and Quinebaug River Trail. This 9 mile loop highlighted the beauty of the Connecticut lakes, forest, and river. If you only do one hike a year, make it this one in October. Trail maps are available at the nearby Ranger Station or can be downloaded at http://www.nae.usace.army.mil/Portals/74/docs/Recreation/WTL/WTLTrailMap.pdf.

hiking
Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Followed yellow path for 1.7 miles and came to end but across lake was yellow markers. Bridge to cross gone

Saturday, October 17, 2015

it was a good trail to start off on, wasn't too long and the leaves are beautiful this time of year. hunters keep to themselves and everyone is fairly kind.

hiking
Sunday, October 11, 2015

These easy to navigate trails make a great family hike. My 15 year old grandson and I turned this hike into an 8 mile loop trail as we walked a couple of different trails that took us around the lake and the Quinebaug River. This mid October hike was very scenic as the contrast of colors reflecting off the lake made this a very enjoyable hike. At times I felt like I was hiking through a jigsaw puzzle. We enjoyed our packed lunch on one of the several benches overlooking the lake. Although the trails are very well marked, I would suggest downloading a trail map of West Thompson Lake (Army Corps of Engineers) before doing this hike. This will better enable you to plan the length of the hike etc.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Love that place. It's beautiful at every season.

hiking
Friday, February 13, 2015

Lots of trails around the lake some are old roads from back in the day. Orange trails lead up river on both sides and are a bit more challenging to hike or bike. Round trip from lake on one side up to Red Bridge road and back on other side about 8 miles. Many options all around the area to explore.

hiking
Sunday, June 09, 2013

More like a walk in the woods than a hike. Great for dogs who like to swim!

hiking
Monday, January 21, 2013

Pretty but floods.

mountain biking
Monday, August 09, 2010

This area is fairly easy to ride. There are some off shoot trails that offer more challenging riding. For the most part they all end back onto a main trail. The bad thing is that during our last flooding period the pedestrian bridge was rendered un safe for use. So now you can't cross the river that divides the two areas. You'll need to pick a side. I recomend the west because you have 2 main trails that create an ob-long loop with great scenes of the resevior.

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