Lower Bolton Lake, CT

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Lower Bolton Lake


Town(s): Bolton CT, Vernon CT
County: Tolland

Size: 175 acres
Average Depth: 11 feet
Maximum Depth: 20 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Gas Engines Prohibited, Horsepower or Speed Restrictions
Boating Comments: This lake only allows boats with trolling motors- a max of 6 HP and 6 mph
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Lower Bolton Lake is a 175-acre water body with substantial residential development near its shoreline.  The maximum depth is 20 feet and the mean depth is 11 feet. There is a town beach and a state-operated boat launch on the southeastern shore, which allows motors. Lower Bolton Lake is located in Bolton and Vernon. It is a natural lake within the Thames River Drainage Basin. Its water level was raised by an earthen dam with a concrete spillway that was rebuilt in 1994. The watershed is 2,379 acres of mostly woods and wetland with moderate levels of residential and agricultural development dispersed throughout. The lake is fed by Middle Bolton Lake and surface runoff. I drains into Bolton Pond Brook to the southeast. The shoreline is heavily developed with residences. A town beach is located on the southeastern shore.  The transparency of the lake is fair with visibility up to 6 ft. in the late summer. Lower Bolton Lake contains higher than average densities of largemouth bass to 14”, but larger fish are scarce. The fishing should be fair to good for bass, perch, crappie and sunfish ( mostly bluegill, some pumpkinseed, occasional green and hybrid). Bass fishing is reportedly best during early spring.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Fishing Comments: Bass fishing is reportedly best during spring.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Sunfish, Bluegill, White Sucker

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: A state owned boat launch is located on the southern shore. Facilities at the launch include a paved ramp, parking for 30 cars, and chemical toilets (seasonal). From Rte. 6 and I-382, take Rte. 44 east for one mile, launch is on the left.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Shoreline Development: 50-75%