Roseland Lake, CT

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Roseland Lake


Town(s): Woodstock CT
County: Windham

Size: 96 acres
Average Depth: 9 feet
Maximum Depth: 19 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Horsepower or Speed Restrictions
Boating Comments: Kayaks, canoes, sail boats, electric motor boats. Human or electric-powered boats are much preferred to maintain the serene nature of the lake, although power boats are not prohibited. (Power boats should be less than 9 horsepower, and operate under 25 mph.) The lake is not suitable for jet-skiing. Boaters must take care to avoid introducing invasive aquatic species.
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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Roseland Lake is located in the town of Woodstock and is a natural lake within the Thames River Drainage Basin. The watershed is 19,393 acres of mostly agricultural land with some undeveloped woods and wetland and some residential development. The lake is fed by Muddy Brook from the north and by two small streams. It drains southward into Sheppards Pond, which flows into the Little River, a tributary of the Quinebaug River. The shoreline is mostly wooded with a few residential dwellings. The western shore line adjoining Roseland Park is flanked by dense stands of Phragmites.

The transparency of the lake is turbid with visibility of up to 2 feet in the late summer. The fishing at the lake is not sampled during the lake and pond electro fishing survey . Roseland Lake is stocked each spring with 900 catch-able size brown and rainbow trout . Trout do not hold over due to limited depth.

  • Roseland Lake is a 96.38 acre natural, freshwater lake.
  • The average depth of Roseland Lake is about 9 feet, with the maximum depth about 19 feet. See map.
  • The length is approximately three-quarters of a mile long.
  • The shores are mostly muck, sand or gravel.
  • The shoreline is mostly wooded with some residential dwellings. About 50-75% of the shoreline is developed if you count Roseland Park.
  • Elevation is approximately 312 feet (95 meters.)
  • On topographic maps, the lake appears on USGS Quadrangle #28.
  • Latitude-Longitude:Degrees Minutes Seconds: Latitude: 41-57'12'' N Longitude: 071-57'03'' W | Decimal Degrees: Latitude: 41.9534307 Longitude: -71.9509066
  • Waterbody ID: CT3708-00-1-L1_01. Prior to 2006, the ID for Roseland Lake was CT-3708_00
  • Inlets: The lake is fed by Muddy Brook to the North, and Mill Brook and one other unnamed stream.
  • Outlet: The only outlet winds past the Putnam Fish & Game Property and then flows under Stonebridge Road into Sheppard's Pond.
  • Watershed: Little River. Read more.
  • Ownership: The 2006 Little River Sourcewater Protection Plan says Roseland Lake is jointly owned by Town of Woodstock and the State of Connecticut (?)

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

Fishing Comments: Very popular lake for ice fishing. According to the CT Angler's Guide, common species include Largemouth Bass, Common Carp, Chain Pickerel, Yellow Perch, Calico Bass, Sunfish, Trout, and Brown Bullhead. State of CT fishing regulations apply.
Fish Species: Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill

Boat Access: Primarily Car-top boats & Canoes
Ramp Comments: A town-owned boat launch is located on the western side of the lake in Roseland Park. Facilities at the park include a dirt boat ramp, a picnic area, a playground, and flush-type toilets. The park is open year round from 7:00 a.m. to sunset. No fee is charged. From Putnam, take Rte. 171 west for 2.5 miles, right on Roseland Park Rd., park is on right.
Parking Spaces: Unknown

Shoreline Development: 50-75%