Cedar Lake, CT


Cedar Lake

Town(s): Chester CT, Wolcott CT
County: Middlesex, New Haven

Size: 69 acres
Average Depth: 20 feet
Maximum Depth: 43 feet

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

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Cedar Lake is located in Chester and is a natural lake within the South Central Coastal Drainage Basin. Its water level was raised 2 ft. by the construction of Rte. 148 over its outlet ( Pattaconk Brook ) at the southern end of the lake. The watershed is 294 acres of mostly undeveloped woods and wetland with some residential development. The lake is fed by Pattaconk Brook, one small stream and groundwater springs. It drainsouthward into Burr Brook, which flows into Chester Creek and the Connecticut River.

The transparency of the lake is fair with visibility of 9 ft. in the summer. Fishing should be good to excellent for stocked trout, bass and sunfish. It should also be fair to good for pickerel and fair for perch.

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

Fishing Comments: Fishing should be excellent for stocked trout.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill

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 gravel ramp, parking for six cars, and chemical toilets (seasonal). Take Exit 6 off Rte. 9, Rte. 148 west for 2 miles, right on Cedar Lake Rd., right on Bailey Rd., first right on Brookside Rd., first left on Bishop Rd., launch is at the end of road.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Shoreline Development: 25-50%