Gorton Pond, CT


Gorton Pond

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

Size: 52 acres
Average Depth: 7 feet
Maximum Depth: 11 feet

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

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Gorton Pond is located in East Lyme. It is an artificial impoundment of the Pattagansett River in the Southeast Coastal Drainage Basin. When the dam was rebuilt in the late 1980s, a permanent fish ladder was he included in its design to allow anadrmous alewives to migrate into the pond. The pond was dredged in the 1980s. A causeway with a culvert ( 22 inches of clearance) crosses the northern end of the pond creating a separate basin ( northern basin 5.1 acres, southern basin 47.3 acres). The watershed is 4,208 acres encompassing Pattagansett River, the pond is fed by small streams. The shoreline is entirely developed with residences; however, the eastern shore is partially wooded with the homes set back from the water’s edge.

The transparency of the lake is turbid with visibility of 4 ft. in the summer. The fishing should be fair for bass, pickerel, perch and bullheads.

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

Fishing Comments: Should be fair for bass and pickerel.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill, American Eel

Boat Access: Primarily Car-top boats & Canoes
Ramp Comments: A state owned boat launch is located on the western shore. Facilities at the launch include a ramp with concrete slabs, parking for 15 cars, and chemical toilets (seasonal). Take Exit 74 off I-95, Rte. 161 south for 2 miles, turn right on Roxbury Rd. for 0.2 miles, right on Kevin Rd., launch is at the end of road.
Parking Spaces: 11-20

Shoreline Development: 25-50%