Lake Pocotopaug, CT

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Lake Pocotopaug


Town(s): East Hampton CT
County: Middlesex

Size: 512 acres
Average Depth: 12 feet
Maximum Depth: 24 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 Pocotopaug is named for the large local lake, which for years has been a popular resort area. The lake is surrounded by numerous homes. Most are year round residences, although some summer cottages dot the shore. It is especially noted for two islands in its center, separated by a narrow, shallow strait (both of which have cabins). Lake Pocotopaug is the largest inland body of water in Connecticut with 512 acres. Sears Park is located at the lake and has various swimming, boating and recreational facilities for residents. In recent years the lake has become a place of ecological study due to the large scale algae blooms that resulted in 2000. Tests have shown that longstanding shoreline development and fertilizer use are causing increasing issues. A town sanctioned Lake Commission and the Friends of Lake Pocotopaug are two organizations concentrating on improvement ideas.

Water Quality: Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Moderate
Non-native Species: Unknown

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Channel Catfish, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bridle Shiner

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Shoreline Development: 25-50%