Fast Facts & Map

Fast Facts
  1. Largest Lake in Connecticut:  65 miles of shoreline, Surface area of over 8.5 square miles, 5420 acres, 11 miles long, 2 miles wide at its widest point
  2. Average Depth 30’, Max Depth: 85’ near the dam in New Milford
  3. Full pond: 429 feet containing 46 billion gallons of water
  4. Shoreline Municipalities: Towns of Brookfield, New Fairfield, New Milford, Sherman and the City of Danbury
  5. The Rocky River and Candlewood Lake Project created the lake by damming the Rocky River and flooding the local valleys. The 26 month project was completed September 29, 1928.
  6. The lake is owned and operated by FirstLight Power Company as a hydro-power facility licensed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
  7. Water pumped up from the Housatonic River to Candlewood Lake at full operational capacity: 3,700 gallons per minute
  8. Water pumped into the Housatonic River from Candlewood Lake to generate electricity at full operational capacity: 15,500 gallons per second
  9. Waterfront Residences:  estimated 1600 
  10. Public Boat Launches controlled by the state Department of Energy & Environmental Protection (DEEP): 3 
  11. Town Resident Beaches: 5
  12. Over 150 fishing tournaments held annually
Our Map
  • Length:  Approx. 11 miles
  • Width:  Approx. 2 miles (maximum)
  • Shoreline:  Approx. 65 miles
  • Lake:  5,420 acres
  • Watershed:  25,860 acres
  • Maximum Depth:  Approx. 85 ft. (New Milford)
  • Average Depth:  29.3 ft.
  • Waterfront Residences:  Approx. 1,600
  • Resident Vessels:  Approx. 6,000
  • Water Sources:  Housatonic River, Sawmill Brook, Ball Pond Brook, other small brooks and springs
  • Shoreline Municipalities:  Towns of Brookfield, New Fairfield, New Milford, Sherman and the City of Danbury
  • Lake Level 24 Hour Phone Line: 888-41-RIVER (74837)
  • Boating Emergency 24 Hour Number (CT DEEP Dispatch): 860-424-3333