Tuesday: Indian Well beach closed due to poor water quality; being retested

Indian Well State Park in Shelton is closed for swimming today, Aug. 26, due to poor water quality, according to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).

The water in the Housatonic River (technically Lake Housatonic, due to damming) at Indian Well State Park will be re-tested today, with the new results available Wednesday, the DEEP said.

According to a Aug. 26 DEEP report, Indian Well is the only state park in Connecticut with its swimming area closed today due to water quality concerns. Water is regularly tested at 23 state parks with beaches — four on Long Island Sound, and 19 with lakes or ponds.

About Indian Well

When the park is open, boating, picnicking, sports, fishing, swimming and hiking are all activities residents can take part in at Indian Well State Park.

Indian Well was so named because of the Romeo and Juliet-like Native American legend surrounding the park’s scenic waterfalls and the splash pool at the bottom of the falls. Local Native Americans never actually used the area as a well, according to the Connecticut DEEP. In 1928 Indian Well was established as a state park.

The park is open from 8 a.m. through sunset.

Pets are prohibited, except at the Maples area of park and entire park from the day after Labor Day to Memorial Day weekend.

For the weekend, the cost to park is $9 for residents before 4 p.m., afterwards, the price is $5. During the week, price is $6, and then $5.

For more information on water quality reports, call 1-866-287-2757.