What local lake is the biggest?
Lakes of every size abound in Litchfield County. Some are natural, some are artificial; some well-known, others less familiar. Candlewood Lake, spanning five towns in Litchfield and Fairfield counties, is the largest. Stretching more than 5,000 acres and with a maximum depth of 89 feet, it was created in 1928 when farmland was submerged in water from the Housatonic River.
Bantam Lake, bordering Bantam and Morris, is the largest natural lake with a surface area of nearly 1,000 acres and approximately ten miles of shoreline. It has a maximum depth of 26 feet. For boating and some of the best fishing around—including ice fishing—this is ideal.
The second largest natural lake is Lake Waramaug, spanning the towns of Washington, New Preston, Warren, and Kent, with a surface area of 650 acres and a depth of 43 feet.
Lake Lillinonah, bordering Brookfield and Bridgewater, is also manmade. It has a surface area of 1,500 acres and a depth of 90 feet.
Tyler Lake is a natural lake within the Housatonic River Drainage Basin. While it only covers 190 acres at a depth of 23 feet, it is referred to as Goshen’s best-kept secret, offering a combination of cottages and cabins and lake life on a smaller scale than some of the other waterways.
Throw in Mount Tom Pond, Hatch Pond, North Spectacle Lake Pond, and South Spectacle Lake Pond and there is sure to be a body of water that will suit everyone’s tastes and pleasures.