Candlewood Lake is the largest lake in Connecticut and one of the largest man-made lakes in the United States. The Lake has a surface area of 8.4 square miles (5,420 acres) with 86-miles of shoreline. Most of the lake is approximately 40 feet deep.
Candlewood Lake was created in the 1920’s with water from the Housatonic River which is released from the dam built by Connecticut Light & Power in 1928. This facility is the first pumped-storage hydroelectric facility built in the U.S.
Candlewood lake houses are often in different lake communities, some of which offer their residents basic services such as private road maintenance while others offer additional amenities such as tennis and beaches private to the community. Candlewood Lake houses command high values, and a typical direct waterfront buyer could expect to pay between one and three million dollars while tear-downs (which are increasingly difficult to find) can fetch well over $750K.
Candlewood Lake is one of the most popular lakes in the area for boating, fishing (including ice fishing), waterskiing, wakeboarding, and jet-skiing. The lake is the summer social hub of the five communities that surround it and also assumes the additional identity of an idyllic weekend escape for many from Manhattan. One principal Candlewood Lake landmark and institution is “Down the Hatch”, an unpretentious waterfront restaurant-bar in Brookfield which patrons can boat, as well as drive to. There is a 45 mph daytime speed limit for boats and a 25 mph night-time speed limit from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise.
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