A Little History: LAKE WARAMAUG
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 iin 1920.
Waramaug Lake is located on the shores of the Litchfield County Connecticut Towns of Washington, Kent, and Warren. Although a natural lake, the surface elevation of Lake Waramaug has been permanently raised by an inconspicuous concrete and masonry dam. Lake Waramaug has a surface area of approximately 680 acres, a maximum depth of 40 feet with an average depth of 22 feet, and is the repository of almost five billion gallons of water. Lake Waramaug is fed by Lake Waramaug Brook, also known as Sucker Brook, a number of small streams, and groundwater that percolates up through the lake bottom. Overflow from Lake Waramaug drains toward the south into the East Aspetuck River.
Lake Warmaug’s shores are closely hugged by beautiful winding and level East, West and North Shore Roads which collectively encircle Lake Waramaug in about seven miles. This scenic route around the lake has made Lake Waramaug a popular destination for walkers, cyclists and runners. Every year runs and other events are held along the lake’s shores.
Along the lake’s West Shore is Lake Waramaug State Park which is a popular destination for swimming, fishing, picnicking, and camping. The beach at the park is well maintained and the camping area offers 77 sites which often fill up on weekends in the summer. Canoe rentals are available during the summer months just south of the beach and Lake Waramaug State Park also offers launch area for those who bring their own kayaks and canoes.
Further to the South along Lake Waramaug’s West shore is the exclusive Lake Waramaug Country Club. Tracing it’s inspiration back to 1898 and it’s organization as Lake Waramaug Golf Club to 1903, the club as we know it today was created over the Fourth of July Weekend in 1916 when the Lake Waramaug Yacht Club and the Lake Waramaug Golf Club held a joint meeting and combined forces under the banner of Lake Waramaug Country Club.
Across the lake is the well known and popular Hopkins Inn which offers contemporary Austrian cuisine in an attractive country inn overlooking Lake Waramaug which has welcomes travelers since 1847.
The shoreline development of Lake Waramaug is almost exclusively residential. Lake Waramaug real estate commands values that are among the highest in the country and the lake is often viewed by waterfront buyers as one of the most desirable.
Lake Waramaug is a popular fishing venue (year round, including ice fishing) and fish species found in the lake include largemouth, smallmouth and calico bass, lake and rainbow trout, yellow and white perch, pickerel, alewives, sunfish, and bullheads.