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Hamilton Reservoir


Town(s): Union CT, Holland MA
County: Hampden, Tolland
Local Name: Newfield Pond, Lake Hamilton

Size: 412 acres
Average Depth: 6 feet
Maximum Depth: 21 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply, Other Restrictions, See Comments
Boating Comments: See http://www.hamiltonreservoir.com/ for full boating and dock regulations. http://www.hamiltonreservoir.com/forms_pdf/HR5-20-09%20Boat%20regs.pdf.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, Some Restrictions

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Hamilton Reservoir is located in the Town of Holland, Massachusetts. Holland is located in south, central Massachusetts bordering Union, Connecticut. In the 1860's the Hamilton Woolen Company dammed the Quinnebaug River and formed the Hamilton Reservoir. The Reservoir is located in the headwater region of the Quinebaug River watershed which flows north through the town and combines with the French and Middle Rivers to form the Thames River. The Thames flows southward through Connecticut into Long Island Sound. The reservoir can be characterized as relatively shallow and infirtle with about 9 miles of shoreline. The reservoir is fully recreational. The Hamilton Reservoir Association is charged with its protection and preservation.

Water Quality: No Known Issues, Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Moderate
Non-native Species: Eurasian Watermilfoil (Myriophyllum Spicatum)

Fishing Comments: Stocked annually with Trout.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Northern Pike, Chain Pickerel, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Black Crappie, Carp, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill, Golden Shiner, White Sucker

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: Concrete access ramp off Mashapaug Road on north basin near dam.
Parking Spaces: 11-20

Directions: Route 84 to exit 1 to Route 15 south to Leadmine Road, left on Leno Road, reservoir on left.
Shoreline Development: 75-100%

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Definitions: Kettle Pond
Aquatic Vegetation
 
Links: CT DEP Boating Guide
CT Anglers Guide
The CT Federation of Lakes
CT Dept of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP)
CT Lake Maps
Invasive Aquatic Plants of CT