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A Little History: LAKE ZOAR

With more than 900 acres of boating and fishing waters, bordered by a wide variety of shoreline vistas, in southwestern Connecticut’s Lake Zoar is a great outdoor enjoyment resting place. Average Depth -29 Feet/Maximum Depth -72 feet. Lake Zoar provides recreation areas with boat ramps, kayaking, swimming, canoeing, wildlife viewing, hiking trails, and picnic areas. The lake is long and narrow, stretching some 10 river-like miles with steep forested banks along most of its length. Rocky Glen is located at the northern end and the Stevenson Dam defines the southern end. The roadbed across the top of the dam was originally used by horse and buggy, Model T’s and now by 18 wheelers – a long lasting testament to the construction. In 1919, Lake Zoar was Connecticut’s largest lake.

Candlewood Light & Power created Lake Zoar by building the Stevenson Dam to impound the Housatonic River below Shepaug Dam. Construction was completed in 1919.

Fishermen enjoy both largemouth and smallmouth bass, black crappie, yellow perch, chain pickerel, sunfish, and large bullhead catfish. Boaters enjoy a choice of four launch sites while campers enjoy two parks, Kettletown State Park and Jackson Cove Park.