Columbia Lake, CT


Columbia Lake

Town(s): Columbia CT
County: Tolland

Size: 281 acres
Average Depth: 12 feet
Maximum Depth: 22 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

This beautiful 281 acre fully recreational lake is located in Columbia CT. Summer fun includes power boating, water skiing, jet skiing, sailing, fishing, kayaking, etc! Columbia Lake is easily accessed and within 10-15 minutes of UConn, ECSU and Hartford. We have owned a home on this lake for a few years now and love spending our summers there. Columbia Lake is one of the premier lakes in CT, owned and operated by the town of Columbia, the lake is carefully maintained and properties surrounding the lake have a significant premium attached to them. Unlike many large lakes, Columbia lake is private for the property owners in Columbia and there is no state boat launch. Lake property owners feel that the advantage to not having a state boat launch is a quieter, peaceful lake. Even though power boats and jet skis are allowed, and there is a lot of fun to be had on the lake, the traffic is limited to direct lakefront property owners and other Columbia property owners. The lake is rarely over crowded and has a fun and yet private and serene atmosphere. The town beach is beautifully maintained and access to the beach is obtained by purchasing season passes available through the First Selectman’s Office. The beach season begins Memorial Day Weekend, and the beach does have lifeguards on duty during certain hours. Visit the Columbia Lake Beach website for beach hours, lifeguard hours, and fees. Description and photos provided by

Water Quality: No Known Issues, Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Minimal
Non-native Species: Unknown

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Bluegill, Bridle Shiner

Boat Access: None, Private Lake
Parking Spaces: None

Directions: Lake Road, Off Rt. 87
Shoreline Development: 50-75%