Lake Waramaug State Park

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Lake Waramaug State Park

Connecticut

(860) 868-2592

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Things To Do

Overview

The pristine waters of Lake Waramaug make this state park a serene setting for a variety of aquatic activities. Named for the famed Native American Chief, Waramaug means 'good fishing place.' With largemouth, smallmouth and calico bass; lake and rainbow trout; yellow and white perch; and pickerel, alewives, sunfish and bullheads, this lake is a fabulous spot for local anglers. To explore the approximately 680-acre lake, visitors can rent canoes and kayaks from Memorial Day through Labor Day or bring their own vessels atop their cars. Swimmers will enjoy the sandy beaches along the shore, while others can take in the scenery from picnic tables in wooded groves lining the area. Visitors wishing to spend the night can reserve one of the 77 campsites available at Lake Waramaug. Interpreters are available at the park during the summertime offering nature programs and guided hikes for visitors. Activity at this State Park continues throughout the year, as plenty of sightseers and photographers flock to this portion of western Connecticut to view the amazing fall foliage. In the winter, ice skaters and ice fishermen take advantage of the thick platform that develops on the lake's surface. Pets on a leash are permitted in picnic areas. Pets are not permitted in the campground or on the beach.

Map of Lake Waramaug (CT)

Latitude, Longitude: 41.705535, -73.384363

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Activities

  • Boating

    There is no boat ramp at the park, but car-top boating is popular. Bring your kayak or canoe for a peaceful paddle on Lake Waramaug. If you do not own a canoe or kayak, the park offers rentals. Boats may be rented from Memorial Day through Labor Day. No reservations are necessary as rentals are done on a "first come-first served" basis. Rentals are available by the hour or by the day.

  • Camping

    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.

  • Fishing

    Fishing on Lake Waramaug is a very popular activity. The types of fish found in the lake are largemouth, smallmouth and calico bass; lake and rainbow trout; yellow and white perch; pickerel, alewives, sunfish, and bullheads.

  • Hiking

    The park offers some great hiking trails, so put on your boots and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

  • Picnicking

    The park offers picnic tables, bathrooms, and a food concession stand, so plan a lovely lunch and day at Lake Waramaug.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming is a great way to spend a hot summer day on the lake.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross country ski or snowshoe on the trails at Lake Waramaug State Park for a lovely Winter trek.

Seasonality/Weather

The park is open from 8 am to sunset.

Directions

Driving

From New Milford: follow Route 202 to New Preston. Turn left onto Route 45. Take a left onto North Shore Road and follow the signs around the lake to the park. From Torrington/Litchfield: follow Route 118 to Litchfield. At the intersection of Routes 118 and 202 in Litchfield bear left onto Route 202. Follow Route 202 to New Preston. Take a right onto Route 45 and then a left onto North Shore Road. Continue around the lake to the park.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(860) 868-2592

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