Johnson Pond - Shrewsbury (12 acres)

Johnson Pond - Shrewsbury (12 acres)

Shrewsbury, Vermont 05738

About this Location

Johnson Pond was created by the Connolly Pond Dam, which was built in 1965 for fire suppression, irrigation, and recreation purposes. However, the dam was classified as in poor condition and a significant hazard by the Vermont Dam Safety in 2020, and it was removed in 2023 to reduce flood risk and restore the natural ecosystem of the headwater tributary to the Mill River. Johnson Pond is now a free-flowing stream that connects to Otter Creek and Lake Champlain.

Johnson Pond (12 acres) is a site for the Vermont LoonWatch annual survey. Birders are encouraged to volunteer as often and whenever they are able. See Join LoonWatch for details.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Last updated October 7, 2023