Highland Pond


Highland Pond

Town(s): Winchester CT
County: Litchfield
Local Name: Highland Lake

Size: 444 acres
Average Depth: 18 feet
Maximum Depth: 60 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply
Boating Comments: 6 mph speed limit from ½ hour after sunset to ½ hour before sunrise (and from 5 p.m. on Sundays from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day). 45 mph speed limit on weekends and holidays.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Stunning Highland Lake is located in Winchester, Connecticut. It is a natural lake spanning 444 acres, 63 ft at its deepest, and averaging 24 ft depth. It is approximately 3 miles long with three distinct sections, known as First, Second and Third Bays, defining the area.

Highland lake is recognized for its crystal-clear water. The natural beauty of the lake is enjoyed by all. Fishing, boating, swimming and other watersports are available year-round. Highland Lake is designated by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) as a Trout Management Lake and is periodically stocked with trout. There are two public beaches with parking, permits are available through the town. Along with being a Trout Management Lake, Highland Lake Watershed Association conducts monthly water sampling in all of the lake’s three bays. DEEP also tests the water at the two lake beaches during the summer. To access the water visitors can use a state boat launch located on the northern end of the First Bay.

The perimeter of Highland Lake is mostly lined with permanent and summer homes. On the west side of the southern end of Third Bay lies a forested area that is part of Burr Pond State Park. American Legion State Forest is located east of Highland Lake, both offering camping and additional outdoor activities.. For those looking to explore the area, the historic town of Winchester will not disappoint with many local amenities and vacation rentals available.

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

Fishing Comments: Fish in the lake include largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, Atlantic salmon, and kokanee trout. Note: Although most fish taken from Connecticut lakes and streams are safe to eat, refer to the Connecticut Fish Consumption Advisory before eating fish caught from any Connecticut waterway.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Salmon, Lake Trout, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bridle Shiner

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: To gain access to the water, visitors can use a state boat launch located on First Bay on the northern end.
Parking Spaces: 11-20

Shoreline Development: 50-75%