Great Hill Pond, CT


Great Hill Pond

Town(s): Portland CT
County: Middlesex

Size: 76 acres
Average Depth: 6 feet
Maximum Depth: 8 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats
Boating Comments: Motorized boats up to 6 hp/12mph are allowed.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Great Hill Pond is located in Portland. It is an artificial impoundment in the Connecticut River Drainage Basin. It was created by the construction of a 10 ft. earthen dike on Great Hill Pond Brook. The watershed is 768 acres of mostly undeveloped woods with little residential and agricultural development. The lake is fed by Rattlesnake Brook and a small stream from the north. The southern half of the lake is heavily developed with residences; however, the northern shore is mostly wooded.

The transparency of the lake is fair with visibility of 5 -6 ft. in the late summer. The bottom of the lake consists of sand, rubble and mud. The fishing is reportedly fair for largemouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, black crappie, sunfish, bullheads and white catfish.

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

Fishing Comments: Fishing is good.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, White Catfish, Brown Bullhead, Yellow Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill

Boat Access: Primarily Car-top boats & Canoes
Ramp Comments: Car-top anglers may access the pond at state-owned property on the eastern shore. There is parking for two cars. From Rtes. 66 and 151 in Colbalt, take Depot Hill Rd. north for 1 mile; continue straight on Great Hill Pond Rd. for 100 yards, access is on the left.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Shoreline Development: 25-50%