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Lake Waramaug, New Preston

#16 of 29 in Nature in Connecticut
Lake Waramaug is a 656acre lake occupying parts of the towns of Warren and Washington in Litchfield County, Connecticut, approximately 24mi north of Danbury. The lake is named after Chief Waramaug, who wintered in the area surrounding Lake Waramaug.DescriptionAlthough natural in origin, the surface elevation of the lake has been raised by a small concrete and masonry dam. The surface area of the lake is approximately 680acre. The lake has a maximum depth of 40ft, an average depth of 22ft, and contains approximately 4.8e9USgal of water. The lake is fed by Sucker Brook (Lake Waramaug Brook), numerous small streams, and groundwater that enters through the lake bottom. Drainage from Waramaug Lake flows southward into the East Aspetuck River. For a look at the water depths of Waramaug Lake, please see - The Water Depths of Waramaug Lake.The bottom materials on steep side slopes of the lake consist primarily of gravel, cobbles, and boulders, whereas the flatter areas consist primarily of sand, mud, and organic muck. The watershed of the lake is 14.4 square miles (9216acre). Approximately 74 percent (6820acre) of the watershed is forested. Wetlands and water bodies comprise approximately 10 percent (922acre) of the watershed, while the remaining 16 percent (1474acre) of the area is low-density residential housing and commercial and agricultural land. For a look at the water quality of Waramaug Lake, please see - The Water Quality of Waramaug Lake.The shoreline development of Lake Waramaug is moderate and includes houses, seasonal cottages, and boat houses, with few commercial establishments. Public access to the lake is available only within Lake Waramaug State Park, which is located at the northwestern end of the lake. Outside park boundaries, the shoreline is privately owned. The park can be reached by taking Route 45 north from Route 202 and turning west onto North Shore Road.
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  • This is a great place to take visitors who are not from New England. I live in CT and at least once a year love to drive around the lake. Its very scenic. We typically also stop at the winery or Hopki...  more »
  • I went camping here with family and had the worst camping experience ever, and I have camped a lot in my lifetime. The sites are on top of each other, there's not many trees so most sites are in the s...  more »
  • Spent a relaxing afternoon at a private beach on the lake with friends. The views were beautiful. It was a nice sunny day and we all really enjoyed ourselves.  more »
  • Scenic and peaceful.
  • Peaceful Sunday on the lake
  • A little bit of Switzerland
  • Beautiful Lake and surrounding countryside.

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