Trail Guides
Demott Pond

Route 173 West/West Main Street, Clinton, NJ
Phone: (908) 735-8616

OWNER:  Town of Clinton

DIRECTIONS:  Turn Right onto CR 517/Old Turnpike Road South and after 1.7 miles turn Right onto the entrance ramp for I-78 West. Continue 8.9 miles and take exit 15 for Clinton/173 East/Pittstown. Proceed straight through traffic light onto Route 173 West/West Main Street and continue 0.3 miles, turning Right into driveway. Stay Left; parking for pond is a short distance on the Left.   Map
ACCESS AND PARKING:  Open daily from dawn to dusk. A small dirt parking lot is available.

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Green HeronMike Lyncheski
Stop and ScanSITE DESCRIPTION:  This one-acre pond is a lovely little oasis on the west side of the Town of Clinton. It is a pleasant place to relax and observe wildlife; look for waterfowl such as Mallard and Wood Duck taking advantage of this small sanctuary. In addition to carp, sunfish and bluegill, the pond is stocked with largemouth bass and trout. Eastern painted turtles bask along pond edges and a careful observer may see the mud-colored back or head of a snapping turtle breaking the water’s surface. Occasionally, Eastern box turtle may be found as well. Please do not remove them from the site; these long-lived turtles have a very well-defined home territory. During summer enjoy a multitude of butterflies; colorful swallowtails, Great-spangled Fritillary, Monarch, Mourning Cloak, Red-spotted Purple and Viceroy Butterflies may also be joined by Luna and Cecropia Moths. The pond is especially attractive to migrating waterfowl during autumn migration. Gadwall, Hooded Merganser, Bufflehead, Northern Pintail or Ruddy Duck may all be seen, and some may stay the winter if the water does not freeze. Make sure to look for resident birds such as Blue Jay, American Crow, Northern Cardinal, White-breasted Nuthatch, Tufted Titmouse, Downy and Red-bellied Woodpeckers, House and Carolina Wrens and Mourning Dove.

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