Bantam, Litchfield and Morris
A Little History: BANTAM LAKE
Bantam Lake is the largest natural lake in Connecticut, with a surface area of over 900 acres with a maximum depth of 23 feet. Much of the land at the Northern end of the lake, including the peninsula of Marsh Point, is protected by White Memorial Foundation and this area is home to a wide array of bird species.
Bantam Lake was a favorite camping ground of the great Pootatuck tribe of Native Americans and the number of arrowheads that have been found at the north end of the lake are said to suggest that frequent skirmishes with the invading Mohawks took place in the area.
Bantam Lake has developed a great sailing and ice boating culture and community and is a hot spot for ice fisherman throughout the winter. The main fish species in Bantam Lake are Northern Pike, Smallmouth and Largmouth Bass, Yellow & White Perch, Sunfish, and Brown Bullhead.