Middle Bolton Lake


Middle Bolton Lake

Town(s): Vernon CT
County: Tolland

Size: 121 acres
Average Depth: 12 feet
Maximum Depth: 20 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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Middle Bolton Lake is in Vernon and is an artificial impoundment in the Thames River Drainage Basin that has an earthen and concrete dam. The watershed is 1,946 acres of mostly woods and wetland with moderate amounts of agricultural and residential development. The lake is fed by surface runoff and from overflow of Upper Bolton Lake. The lake drains into Lower Bolton Lake via a spillway over the dam.

The transparency of the lake is fair with visibility up to 8 ft. in late summer. The bottom of the lake is mostly sand, gravel, rubble and boulders covered by organic muck. Largemouth bass are abundant and stockpiled in smaller sizes with larger fish being uncommon. The fishing should also be fair to good for sunfish and yellow perch.

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

Fishing Comments: Should be fair to good for sunfish and largemouth bass.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill

Boat Access: Primarily Car-top boats & Canoes
Ramp Comments: A state-owned launch is located on the northern shore. Facilities at the launch include a ramp with concrete slabs, parking for 5 cars, and chemical toilets (seasonal). From Rte. 6 and I-384, take Rte. 44 east for 1.8 miles, left on Cedar Swamp Rd. for 1.5 miles, left on Vernon Branch Rd./Hatch Hill Rd., launch is 0.6 miles on left just after the causeway.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Shoreline Development: 50-75%