Black Pond, CT


Black Pond

Town(s): Meriden CT, Middlefield CT, Woodstock CT
County: Middlesex, New Haven, Windham

Size: 76 acres
Average Depth: 9 feet
Maximum Depth: 22 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Black Pond is located in Woodstock and is a natural lake within the Thames River Drainage Basin. It is adjacent to Nipmuc State Forest and is relatively secluded. The watershed is 319 acres of mostly woods and wetland with little agricultural or residential development. The pond is fed by bottom springs, two small marshes and surface runoff. It drains in Black Pond Brook, which flows south to Bungee Lake and Bungee Brook to the Still River. The shoreline is mostly wooded with only a few residences on the northeast shore and a private camp on the western shore.

The transparency of the lake is fair to clear and can have visibility of up to 9-14 ft. in the summer with a moderate tea-colored stain. The bottom of the lake consists of sand, gravel, boulders and mud. The lake is stocked during the spring and fall with 1,600 catch-able size brook, brown and rainbow trout. The fishing should also be excellent for bullheads, largemouth bass, crappie, perch and fair for other species.

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

Fishing Comments: Should be good to excellent seasonally for stocked trout. 750 feet of shoreline around the boat ramp is open for public fishing. Stocked spring and fall with catchable size brown, brook and rainbow trout. Excellent for brown bullhead; good for stocked trout, largemouth bass, crappie and perch; fair for smallmouth bass, chain pickerel and sunfish.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Black Crappie, Brown Bullhead, Yellow Bullhead, 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 shallow gravel ramp, parking for 10 cars, disabled fishing access, and chemical toilets (seasonal). Take East Main St. Exit off I-91, East Main St. east for 2 miles, launch is on right.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Shoreline Development: Less than 10%