Updated: Wednesday, 04 Jul 2012, 1:54 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 04 Jul 2012, 6:10 AM EDT
(WTNH) -- The Fourth of July is one of the biggest beach days of the year, and this year wasn't any different as the beaches filled up early.
Even with an iffy forecast, Pattaconk Lake, Millers Pond and Squantz Pond were at full capacity by 10 a.m.
By 2:00 p.m. Black Rock Kent Falls, Sherwood Island, Indian Wells, Indian Wells in Shelton, Wadsworth Falls, and Burr Pond were all at full capacity. There were still some spots available at Hammonasset and Rocky Neck.
Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth is closed after a bad water quality test. The park is still open to hikers and picnickers. Green Falls Pond, which is part of the Pachaug State Forest in Voluntown, is closed due to low water levels.
You can check out the status of all swimming areas at www.ct.gov/
Three of the DEEP's popular beaches are on Twitter , and they update parking conditions and activities at the parks. Follow:
You may also follow the Bureau of Outdoor Recreation at @CTDEPoutdoorrec
For a list of all state parks visit www.ct.gov/dep/stateparks