West Side Pond, CT

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West Side Pond


Town(s): Goshen CT
County: Litchfield

Size: 42 acres
Average Depth: 15 feet
Maximum Depth: 32 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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West Side Pond is located in the town of Goshen and is a natural pond in the Housatonic River Drainage Basin. The water level was raised by a dam on its outlet. The watershed is 2,273 acres of mostly undeveloped woods and wetland with a moderate level of agricultural and some residential development. The lake is fed by West Side Brook and drains into a marsh that feeds Tyler Lake, which eventually drains into the Shepaug River. The shoreline is mostly wooded with residences clustered on the southwest shore.

The transparency of the lake is clear with visibility of 8-15 ft. in the summer. The bottom of the lake consists of mud and gravel. The fishing should be good for yellow perch, good seasonally for stocked trout, and fair for other species. You can catch a lot of bass, but most will be small.

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

Fishing Comments: Should be good for yellow perch and stocked trout.
Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Brown Trout, Rainbow Trout, Brown Bullhead, Sunfish, Bluegill, Golden Shiner

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: A state-owned boat launch is located on the southwestern shore. Facilities at the launch include a gravel ramp and parking for three cars. From Rte. 4, take Rte. 63 north for 1 mile, left on West Side Rd. for 1.5 miles, launch is on the right.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Shoreline Development: 25-50%