Aug 4, 2011
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Weekend Discovery: Candlewood Lake

Weekend Discovery: Candlewood Lake

Courtesy of Connecticut DEEP

Although there are many great places around the state to enjoy the summer, there are a few spots that really seem to be at their absolute best during the height of the season. One of them is Candlewood Lake.

The largest lake in Connecticut (covering about 8.4 square miles), Candlewood Lake draws thousands of eager visitors to the New Fairfield area each year, offering numerous opportunities for fishing, boating and water sports, in addition to its stunning natural beauty.

Actually, the lake is an "unnatural" beauty—it was created in 1928 after Connecticut Light & Power built a hydroelectric dam and flooded the area. If you were to go scuba diving (which is allowed) and go down deep, you would find houses, farms, roads and even cars that were left behind when the waters started to rise. It now spreads into five towns; much of its current shoreline is devoted to private residences and rental properties, but there are places for the public access.

Located on one of the northern fingers of the lake in New Fairfield is picturesque Squantz Pond State Park. Visitors here can enjoy boating and swimming as well as hiking, picnicking, bird watching and more. There's a public boat launch here, plus a small beach.

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Weekend Discovery: Candlewood Lake

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