Winchester Lake


Winchester Lake

Town(s): Winchester CT
County: Litchfield

Size: 246 acres
Average Depth: 9 feet
Maximum Depth: 18 feet

Boating Allowed: Kayaks, Canoes, Sail Boats, Electric Motor Boats, Power Boats, State & Local Rules & Regulations Apply, Other Restrictions, See Comments
Boating Comments: 8 MPH speed limit
Swimming: Swimming Allowed, No Restrictions

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A beautiful, quiet lake, about a mile long, with lots of side coves and a couple of small islands and only a couple of houses. Motorboats are limited to 8 mph on the lake, so it's just a few fishermen. The lake is shallow with LOTS of rocks and HUNDREDS of barely exposed tree stumps, particularly on the north and east sides; the coves on the west side are much more open. Birds include Great Blue Herons and a couple of Sharp-Shinned Hawks. On a sunny Sunday afternoon, there were only about 8 or 10 boats on the whole lake.

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

Fish Species: Largemouth Bass, Smallmouth Bass, Chain Pickerel, Black Crappie, Carp, Yellow Perch, Brown Bullhead, Bluegill, White Sucker, Bridle Shiner

Boat Access: Access for Power and Non-power Boats
Ramp Comments: Paved launch ramp, chemical toilet.
Parking Spaces: Less than 10

Directions: CT Route 8 to the end of the 4-lane in Winsted, right on Rte 44, 1.2 miles to Route 263. Left on 263 4.4 miles (watch the signs, it twists and turns), then right at a fork on to West Street, then 0.6 miles to the boat launch (there's a sign).
Shoreline Development: 10-25%