What Boaters Need to Know

CT Requires a Boating Certificate to Operate Boat or Personal Watercraft, find more information check out Boating Certification Information.
Be Careful of Heavy Traffic

Candlewood Lake is a very popular lake and on summer weekends, boat traffic can be very heavy. All of us share the responsibility for safe recreation and conservation of Candlewood Lake. Please be a courteous and responsible boat operator for your own safety and the safety of those enjoying the Lake with you.

Fast Facts
  1. To reach CLA Marine Patrol, call Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection Dispatch dispatch at 860-424-3333.  
  2. To legally operate any boat with a motor or a sailboat 19½ feet in length or longer, the following persons must obtain a Safe Boating Certificate (SBC):
    1. Residents of Connecticut
    2. Owners of real property in Connecticut
    3. Anyone using Connecticut waters more than 60 days in a year.
  3. To legally operate a personal watercraft on Connecticut waters, regardless of state residency all persons must possess a Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation (CPWO).
  4. As per State laws, boats must travel at slow/no wake speeds when within 100 feet of shore, PWC's must follow that within 200 feet of shore.
  5. Candlewood Lake is limited to boats UNDER 26 feet in length.  Boats exceeding the limit must possess a valid, posted exemption sticker in order to recreate on Candlewood Lake.  Violators are subject to a $75 fine and termination of voyage
  6. Boaters must inspect their vessel for vegetation and aquatic nuisance species and properly remove and dispose of all vegetation and nuisance species before transporting the vessel. You can be fined $95 per violation(CGA 15-180) and Public Act 12-167. Some invasive species have been found in CT, so you must inspect before and after launching in Candlewood Lake. Read More https://portal.ct.gov/DEEP/Fishing/General-Information/Aquatic-Invasive-Species
  7. Candlewood Lake has a daytime speed limit of 45mph (1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset) and a nighttime speed limit of 25mph, which is enforced by radar by the CLA Marine Patrol.
  8. Marker buoys around the lake signal underwater hazards.  Not all hazards are marked and hazard buoys can be moved out of position by high waters and boaters.  These buoys are merely an aid and should not replace caution, common sense, a good map and depth finder.
  9. It is the responsibility of the boater to ensure you are complying with all CT boating regulations when on the Lake.  Boats may be subjected to vessel safety inspections by CLA Marine Patrol or CT DEEP EnCon Police while entering or on the water.
  10.  The waters of Candlewood Lake are patrolled by the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) as well as the Candlewood Lake Authority Marine Patrol.  Boaters on Candlewood Lake's waters must follow all State and local boating regulations.
Boating FAQs
  1. Who do I call if I see a hazard or find hazardous debris?
    1. CLA Marine Patrol by calling DEEP Dispatch at 860-424-3333
  2. How do I get a Boating Certificate?
    1. There are a variety of ways to fulfill the educational requirements in order to obtain a SBC or CPWO. For a listing of public classes around the State click here. There are a number of other groups who provide classes which may be found online. 
  3. Who do I call if I see a boating violation?
    1. CLA Marine Patrol by calling DEEP Dispatch at 860-424-3333
  4. Who do I call if I need to be towed?
    1. First try the commercial marinas on the lake, if they can’t help, call CLA Marine Patrol via DEEP Dispatch at 860-424-3333