Lake Housatonic


Lake Housatonic

Town(s): Derby CT, Monroe CT, Oxford CT, Seymour CT, Shelton CT
County: Fairfield, New Haven

Size: 328 acres
Average Depth: 10 feet
Maximum Depth: 26 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Lake Housatonic is located in the towns of Derby, Monroe, Oxford, Seymour and Shelton. It is an impoundment dam between the cities of Shelton and Derby. The lake is long and narrow, retaining a riverine nature. There are 1,007,400 acres encompassing the Housatonic River watershed. The downstream area of land surrounding this impoundment are urban, whereas upstream areas are a combination of woods and open land with moderate residential development. In addition to the Housatonic River, the lake is fed by numerous small streams and brooks. The lower section of the lake is bordered by the cities of Derby and Shelton and is highly developed. Further north, the shoreline is moderately developed with residences. A railroad line runs parallel to the western shore. Indian Well State Park is located on the western shore in Shelton. Osborndale State Park is located on the eastern shore near the southern end of the lake.

The transparency of the lake is poor to fair with visibility of 5-6 ft. in the summer. The bottom of the lake consists of sand, gravel broken ledge, boulders and mud. The fishing should be good for yellow perch and American eels; and fair for other species.

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

Fishing Comments: Should be good for twlloe perch and American eels; and fair for other fish species.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill, Golden Shiner, American Eel

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: A state-owned boat launch is located on the western shore within Indian Well State Park. Facilities at the launch include a ramp with concrete slabs, a dock, parking for 45 cars, and chemical toilets (seasonal). Facilities at the state park include concessions, hiking, picnicking, and swimming. A parking fee is charged from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Exit 14 off Rte. 8, 110 north for 2.2 miles, bear right on state park access road.
Parking Spaces: More than 40

Shoreline Development: 50-75%