Pattaganset Lake


Pattaganset Lake

Town(s): East Lyme CT
County: New London

Size: 128 acres
Average Depth: 14 feet
Maximum Depth: 33 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Pattaganset Lake is located in the town of East Lyme and is a natural lake within the Southeast Coastal Drainage Basin. The water level was raised slightly by the construction of a small dam at the outlet. There is a large island connected to the southeastern shore via a causeway. The watershed is 2,463 acres of mostly undeveloped woods and wetland with minor amounts of agricultural, industrial and residential development. The lake is fed by the Pattaganset River from the northwest and a small stream from the southwest. It drains southeast into the Pattaganset River. The shoreline has a moderate amount of residential development. The large island has been developed as a campground and picnic area.

The transparency of the lake is fair with visibility of up to 10 feet in the late summer. The bottom of the lake consists of sand, gravel, rubble and mud. The fishing in the lake should be excellent for eels; good to excellent for bass, pickerel and sunfish; and fair for perch and crappie. It is a good spot to catch a trophy- size bass.

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

Fishing Comments: A good spot to catch a trophy-size bass.
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 southern shore. Facilities include a paved ramp with concrete slabs, parking for 15 cars, and chemical toilets (seasonal). From Rte. 161, take Rte. 1 west for one mile, launch is on the right.
Parking Spaces: 11-20

Shoreline Development: 50-75%