Sunrise State Park in East Haddam reopens to the public

East Haddam - The state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection today announced the reopening of Sunrise State Park.

The 143-acre former Sunrise Resort property has been closed to the public for most of last year, allowing contractors to remove dozens of small cabins and other support buildings that remained on the property since the state purchased it in 2009, DEEP said in a news release. The property is now safe for the public to resume recreational activities including hiking, dog walking, wildlife viewing and horseback riding.

“The agency appreciates the public’s patience while this important clean-up project took place,” DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee said. “With the support of many state legislators, the hard work of local supporters and volunteers, and our state staff and contractors, Sunrise State Park is now an inviting and safe place for visitors again. We encourage people to come and enjoy this beautiful property.”

The entrance to Sunrise is on Route 151, just north of the entrance to Machimoodus State Park. Parking is available in both places. The park is open from 8 a.m. to sunset daily. Leashed dogs are allowed.

Sunrise Resort dates back to 1916, when Henry Engle owned 3 acres called “Elm Camp.” The resort grew under a succession of owners and was purchased in 1986 by the Johnson family.

The state purchased the property from the Johnson family, enlarging state-owned land in the area to 443 acres and protecting more than 4,700 feet of frontage along the Salmon River.

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