Safe for Recreational use : 191.1' | What is this?
This is the current water level of Lake Lillinonah. Our safety indicator should be used as a guideline only; higher lake elevations cause more floating debris. Always use caution and watch out for floating debris when navigating Lake Lillinonah.
Safest: below 194'
Debris presence unlikely - safe for recreational use.
Caution: 194' to 195'
Debris possibly present - caution advised.
Use Extreme Caution: above 195'
Debris likely present - dangerous.
From its headwaters in the Housatonic River in New Milford, Lake Lillinonah extends 12 miles to the Shepaug Dam, covering 1900 acres to a maximum depth of 110 feet with 45 miles of shoreline, much of it steep hillside that rises 200 feet or more above the water line. Connecticut Light and Power created Lake Lillinonah in 1955 as a source of hydroelectricity and flood control. The dam's 57,000-horsepower turbine drives a 43,000-kilowatt generator in what is Connecticut's newest and largest hydroelectric plant.
Canoe and kayak enthusiasts, fishermen and pleasure boaters enjoy the lake from April through October. When the winter is cold enough, ice fisherman, cross-country skiers, snowmobilers and ATV riders can be seen enjoying the frozen lake.
The lake is a haven for a multitude of wildlife. Bald Eagles have discovered that the open water of the tailrace below the Shepaug Dam is a good source of fish in the winter months. Some 40 or so of these magnificent birds make Lake Lillinonah their home from November through March. Several nesting pairs have been sighted along the banks of Lake Lillinonah. These magnificent birds may be observed from the First Light Power lookout above the dam. Call 800-368-8954 for information.
Lake Lillinonah is also one of Connecticut's premier fishing lakes. The state record for the largest Northern Pike â€“ 29lb., 0 oz. - was set in 1980 by Joseph Nett. According to the Connecticut DEP Fisheries Division, Lake Lillinonah ranks first in the state for Bass growth rates and among the highest in the state for Bass population densities. Walleye were introduced into the lake in the late 1950's, but the stocking program was abandoned when the fish did not reproduce. In addition to the small population of Northern Pike are Lake Trout, Bass (large and smallmouth), Black Crappie, White and Yellow Perch, Sunfish, and Bullhead Catfish.
Surrounded by the Connecticut towns of Bridgewater, Brookfield, New Milford, Newtown, Roxbury and Southbury, there are many hiking trails, boat ramps, town parks and the Paugussett State Forest to explore and enjoy.
Length: 12 miles
Coverage: 1900 acres
Maximum Depth: 110 feet
Shoreline: 45 miles
Number of Bridges: 2
P.O. Box 403
Bridgewater, CT 06752
Tel: (860) 210-8064
Fax: (860) 210-9894
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