Dodge Pond, CT


Dodge Pond

Town(s): East Lyme CT
County: New London

Size: 34 acres
Average Depth: 24 feet
Maximum Depth: 51 feet

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

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Dodge Pond is located in East Lyme and is a natural lake within the Southeast Coastal Drainage Basin. An earthen dike was built near the outlet in the late 1950s, which isolated a small basin (4.4 acres) from the main body of the lake ( 29.9 acres). This was an effort by the then Connecticut Board of Fish and Game to prevent upstream migration of warm water fish from the Pattagansett River after the pond was reclaimed for trout. This structure is no longer functional, and anatropous alewives as well as various warm water fish pass into the lake during time of high water. The watershed is 369 acres of mostly residential land with some undeveloped tracts. The pond is fed by a small stream flowing from Little Dodge Pond. It drains southwest into the Pattagansett River, which flows into Long Island Sound.

The transparency of the lake is fair with visibility of 8 ft. in late summer. The bottom of the lake consists of sand, gravel and rubble in the shallow areas; mud and organic muck in the deep areas. The fishing is not sampled during the lake and pond electro fishing survey. Dodge Pond is stocked each spring with 1,000 catch-able size brown and rainbow trout. Fishing should be good in the spring for the trout and s reportedly fair for largemouth bass, chain pickerel and yellow perch.

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

Fishing Comments: Should be good for stocked trout.
Fish Species: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout

Boat Access: Primarily Car-top boats & Canoes
Ramp Comments: A state-owned boat launch is located near the outlet on the southwestern end. Facilities at the launch include a gravel ramp and parking for 30 cars. Take Exit 74 off I-95, south on Rte. 161 for three miles, right on Hope St., right on Lake Ave., launch is at end.
Parking Spaces: 21-40

Shoreline Development: 25-50%