Aug 11, 201408:00 AMFairfield

Not Here But Near: Lake Waramaug

Aug 11, 2014 - 08:00 AM
Not Here But Near: Lake Waramaug

Image courtesy of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Picture this: crystal clear water, swimming, fishing, kayaking, picnicking, mountain biking, and camping. If that sounds like a great weekend destination, then you don’t have to go too far to get it. Lake Waramaug in Kent is a great spot for a day trip or an extended stay.

The lake is named for the Native American chief who had hunting grounds in nearby New Milford. The tribe used the space as a “summer home.” The 95 acres surrounding the lake was originally purchased by the state of Connecticut in 1920.

From Fairfield, the trip up will take a little over an hour—easily accessible if you’ve got little ones. And, there’s certainly plenty to do once you get there. The park area has restrooms with showers and changing rooms for those who wish to swim. Families can easily camp for the weekend. Camping season usually begins around Memorial Day and ends September 30th.

If you want to visit some other sites in and around the area while you’re there, check out these other nearby parks: Housatonic Meadows State Park in Sharon, Kent Falls State Park and Macedonia Brook State Park also in the town of Kent, or Mt. Tom State Park in Litchfield. It’s all nature all the time! There are even a few vineyards in the area, so you may want to sip a glass along the Connecticut Wine Trail.

Or dip a little south and visit the town of New Milford for a Sunday drive. One of the best-kept secrets of the town is their Elephant’s Trunk Country Flea Market on Danbury Road. A must-see for anyone on the hunt for a bargain.

But don’t think that summer is the only time to visit this gracious lake area. Plenty of leaf peekers head up to snap some awesome pics of the lake with a gorgeous reflection of fiery colored leaves. And, hiking is usually at its best when there’s just a slight chill in the air.

If you want a weekend getaway, you might want to check out VRBO.com or HomeAway.com for rentals. You can even plan a winter break getaway. Ski areas like Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall are only a 20-minute drive away. Ski Sundown in New Hartford is less than an hour and Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, Mass., is also less than an hour away.

A word of warning for a summertime visit, however. Just recently, the lake was closed for a few days due to high bacteria levels in the water. The Department of Energy and Environmental Protection noted that the levels were most probably elevated due to runoff after the rainy weather. You may want to call ahead for any closures.

Whatever the weather or whatever the season, Lake Waramaug has plenty of fun for families. For more information, visit them online or call 860-868-2592.

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