Avery Pond, CT


Avery Pond

Town(s): Preston CT
County: New London

Size: 36 acres
Average Depth: 8 feet
Maximum Depth: 11 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Avery pond is a natural lake within the Thames River Drainage Basin located in the town of Preston. The watershed is made up of 2,015 acres of mostly woods and wetland with minor amounts of agricultural and residential development. There is, however, increasing development within the watershed associated with a large casino and conference center. The pond is fed by a marsh from the north, which is fed by the outlet stream from Amos Lake. It also receives water from bottom springs and surface runoff.

Only the western shore has been developed with residences. To the north and east, the shoreline is undeveloped woods and marshes; to the south is extensive agricultural and marshland. The transparency of the lake is very turbid and visibility is reduced to 2.5 feet in the summer due to algal blooms and tea colored stain. The bottom of the lake is mostly sand, gravel and organic muck.

Largemouth bass densities are below average for all sizes. Fishing is fair to poor for all species except sunfish. Sunfish action should be fast, however, there are few large ones.

Water Quality: Treated Annually, No Known Issues
Vegetation Growth: Unknown
Non-native Species: Unknown

Fishing Comments: Should be fair for all species.
Fish Species: Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill, American Eel

Boat Access: Primarily Car-top boats & Canoes
Ramp Comments: A state-owned boat launch is located on the northern shore. Facilities at the launch include a paved ramp and parking for 10 cars. Take Exit 85 off I-395, Rte. 164 south for 2.5 miles past the intersection with Rte. 165, left on Lynn Dr., becomes a gravel road, launch is at end of road.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Shoreline Development: 25-50%