Bashan Lake, CT

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Bashan Lake


Town(s): East Haddam CT
County: Middlesex

Size: 273 acres
Average Depth: 17 feet
Maximum Depth: 47 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Bashan Lake is located in East Haddam. It is a natural lake within the Connecticut River Drainage Basin. Water levels have been raised by a 25 ft. dam. Historically, the lake was controlled by the Moodus Water Company and underwent moderate water level fluctuations. The State of Connecticut now owns the controlling rights to the lake. The watershed is 1,257 acres of mostly wooded land with moderate to light levels of residential development and agricultural land. The land is fed by five small tributary systems, surface runoff and bottom springs. It drains northeast directly into Moodus Reservoir. Most of the shoreline is developed with cottages and permanent residences. The transparency of the lake is very clear and the visibility can go as deep as 19 ft. in the summer. The bottom of the lake is sand, gravel, coarse rubble, boulders and muck in deeper water. Bashan Lake is stocked during the spring and all with 4,000 catch-able brown and rainbow trout. The fishing should be excellent for large bluegills. It is good for trout, largemouth bass and yellow perch. The lake is fair for smallmouth bass and chain pickerel.

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

Fishing Comments: Should be excellent for sinfish and bluegills; good for trout, laremouth bass, and yellow perch.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Sunfish, Bluegill

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: A state-owned boat launch is located at the southern end. Facilities at the launch include a gravel ramp, parking for 10 cars and chemical toilets (seasonal). Access to the lake is through a narrow rocky channel. Take Route 82 to Mt Parnassus Rd. A state sign directs you to the boat launch.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Shoreline Development: 50-75%