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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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Highland Lake is a 444-acre lake over 3 miles long nestled in the Berkshire Mountains of Litchfield County near the city of Winsted, Connecticut. Known as a resort lake due to well developed upscale homes on most of its shoreline, the crystal-clear water is also valued for its fishing, boating, swimming and water skiing opportunities. Highland Lake is composed of three bays logically named First, Second and Third Bay. Although mostly lined with permanent and summer residences, a forested area that is part of Burr Pond State Park is located on the west side of the southern end of Third Bay. To gain access to the water, visitors can use a state boat launch located on First Bay on the northern end. Second Bay is the shallowest section of the lake and also has some of the best fishing.

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%