Washining Lake, CT


Washining Lake

Town(s): Salisbury CT
County: Litchfield
Local Name: East Twin Lake

Size: 569 acres
Average Depth: 32 feet
Maximum Depth: 81 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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Washining Lake is located in the town of Salisbury and is a natural lake in the River Drainage Basin. The lake is connected by West Twin Lake by a culvert with about 3 ft. of clearance. A large, narrow island in the middle of the lake is joined to the shore via a causeway. The watershed is 2,639 acres of mostly undeveloped woods and wetland. The lake is fed by three wetland streams and by bottom springs. It drains into West Twin Lake. There is moderate residential development along the eastern and southern shores. Much of the northern shore is wetland and owned by the State. There is farmland and several private residences on the western shore. The island is privately owned and mostly wooded.

The transparency of the lake is clear with visibility of 13-15 feet in summer. The bottom of the lake consists of sand, gravel and rock in the shallows. The fishing should be good for stocked trout, large holdover brown trout, largemouth bass and chain pickerel; fair to good for crappie and rock bass; and fair for yellow perch and sunfish.

Water Quality: No Known Issues, Town/State Monitoring
Vegetation Growth: Unknown
Non-native Species: Unknown

Fishing Comments: Should be excellent for stocked trout, bass, and chain pickerel.
Fish Species: Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Black Crappie, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: A state-owned car-top launch area is located on the eastern shore with parking for four cars. There is also a private marina located on the eastern shore that rents motorboats and allows public launching for a fee. To state access this area from Rte. 7, Rte. 44 west, right (north) on Twin Lakes Rd. for 0.57 miles, bear left at a fork onto Twin Lakes Rd., access is on the left 0.25 miles past ) O'Hara's Marina.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Shoreline Development: 50-75%