Silver Lake, CT


Silver Lake

Town(s): Berlin CT, Meriden CT
County: Hartford, New Haven

Size: 146 acres
Average Depth: 5 feet
Maximum Depth: 16 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, Jet-skis
Swimming: Unknown

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Silver Lake is located in the towns of Berlin and Meriden and is an artificial impoundment in the Connecticut River Drainage Basin. The watershed is 1,279 acres of mostly undeveloped woods and wetland to the west and predominately industrial and residential land to the east. The lake is fed by Beaver Pond and a small stream. It drains north into Belcher Brook, a tributary of the Mattabesset River. The shoreline is partially wooded with residential development clustered on the northern and southern shores. An active railroad line abuts the western shore and there is an industrial park located on the southern shore.

The transparency of the lake is turbid with visibility of 3-5 feet in the summer. The fishing in the lake should be generally fair for bass and fair to poor for other fish species. Early spring bass fishing is reportedly good. Dense vegetation makes fishing difficult during summer.

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

Fishing Comments: Should be generally fair for bas and fair to poor for other fish species.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: A state-owned boat launch is located on the western shore. Facilities at the launch include a ramp with concrete slabs, parking for 15 cars, and chemical toilets (seasonal). Take exit 21 off Rte. 9, Rte.15 for 3 miles, right on Toll Gate Rd., first left on Norton Lane, access is 0.5 miles on left.
Parking Spaces: 11-20

Shoreline Development: 50-75%