What: State Park & Campgrounds
Where: 30 Lake Waramaug Road, New Preston, CT 06777 (map)
Campground & Trail Map: Click here (PDF)
Admission: Free and open to the public. Parking fee on weekends.
Best Time of Year: Summer and Fall (great for foliage)
Waramaug Lake State Park is located in the towns of Kent, Warren, and Washington in Litchfield County, Connecticut. The park provides swimming, fishing, picnicking, camping and restroom facilities. Kayak and canoe rentals are available at the park (info here).
There are 77 sites in wooded and open settings available in the Lake Waramaug Campground. The camping season begins the weekend before Memorial Day Weekend and ends September 30 (info here).
The lake is named after an Indian chief of the Wyantenock tribe. Chief Waramaug and his followers summered in the area now covered by Lake Waramaug. The land comprising the park, consisting of approximately 95 acres, was purchased by the State in 1920.
Although 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 680 acres. The lake has a maximum depth of 40 feet, an average depth of 22 feet, and contains approximately 4.8 billion gallons 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.
The shoreline development of Lake Waramaug is moderate and includes houses and cottages, with no commercial establishments. Outside park boundaries, the shoreline is privately owned.
The fish species observed in Waramaug Lake include largemouth, smallmouth and calico bass; lake and rainbow trout; yellow and white perch; pickerel, alewives, sunfish, and bullheads.
Nearby attractions include the waterfall in New Preston, Lovers Leap State Park, Kent Falls State Park and the Hopkins Vineyard.