Ball Pond, CT


Ball Pond

Town(s): New Fairfield CT
County: Fairfield

Size: 83 acres
Average Depth: 24 feet
Maximum Depth: 51 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Gas Engines Prohibited
Boating Comments: No motors of any type allowed, that includes ELECTRIC MOTORS.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Ball Pond is located in New Fairfield and is a natural kettle lake within the Housatonic River Drainage Basin. It is located in a region of limestone deposits known as the Marble Valley. The watershed is 246 acres of mostly developed residential land. It is fed entirely by bottom springs and surface runoff and drains east into Ball Pond Brook, a tributary of Candlewood Lake. Much of the shoreline is heavily developed with residences, many of which have retaining walls at the water’s edge. Route 39 runs along the northern and eastern shores for one mile.

The transparency of the lake is fair and visibility can be as deep as 7 feet in the summer. The bottom of the lake is mostly organic muck with some areas of mixed gravel and sand along the shore.

Ball Pond is stocked each spring and fall with 8,000 catch-able size brown and rainbow trout. Largemouth bass are abundant in all size classes. The lake is excellent for fishing bullheads, good to excellent for bass and good for stocked trout with a chance for an occasional holdover brown. Fishing for sunfish and rock bass should be very active, but few large ones will be caught. Heavy submerging vegetation may make fishing difficult at times.

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

Fishing Comments: Smaller specied of fish are very active.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, White Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill

Boat Access: Primarily Car-top boats & Canoes
Ramp Comments: A state-owned boat launch is located on the southern end. Facilities at the launch include a gravel ramp, parking for 8 cars, and chemical toilets (seasonal). Take Exit 5 off I-84, Rte. 39 north, proceed 1 mile north of New Fairfield town line, right on Gillotti Rd., bear left at fork onto Ball Pond Rd., launch is 100 yards on left.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Shoreline Development: 25-50%