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Squantz Pond State Park

Squantz Pond State Park Squantz Pond State Park is located approximately 8 miles north of Danbury,Connecticut in the towns of Sherman, Connecticut and New Fairfield, Connecticut, in Fairfield County. It is part of Candlewood Lake but is separated from the main body of the lake by Connecticut Route 39. Squantz Pond is natural in origin; however, its level was raised when Candlewood Lake was impounded in 1923. The lake has a surface area of approximately 288 acres (1.2 km˛), a maximum depth of 47 feet, an average depth of 22.9 feet,and holds approximately 2 billion US gallons of water. The shoreline bottom materials consist mostly of rocks, ledge, and gravel. Mud and organic muck cover the relatively flat areas of the bottom. The lake is fed by Glen Brook from the north, Worden Brook from the west, and several small unnamed streams. The watershed of Squantz Pond is 3,635 acres. Woodlands, wetlands, and water comprise approximately 80 percent of the watershed, 15 percent is moderate to low-density housing, while the remaining 5 percent is open land and farmland. The eastern shoreline is developed with homes, while the western shoreline is steep and wooded. The southwestern shoreline borders Squantz Pond State Park. Facilities in the park include concession stands, picnic areas, beach and swimming areas, toilets, and hiking trails. Public access to Squantz Pond is provided through a state-owned boat launch located in the State Park. Boats launched from the State Park are limited to a maximum of 7.5 horsepower. The launch can be reached by taking Interstate 84, Exit 6 to Route 37 north, to Route 39 north to the State Park entrance. The launch has a ramp of concrete pads with an asphalt approach. There is parking for 25 cars at the launch. An aquatic survey of Squantz Pond was published in 1988. The survey found aquatic vegetation in Squantz Pond to be sparse and limited to the shallower areas in the northern section. Species observed included Bushy pondweed (Najas flexilis, Najas minor), bulrush (Scirpus sp.), and cattail (Typha sp.) The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection periodically stocks both brown and rainbow trout in Squantz Pond. Other species found in the lake include Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Walleye, and Chain Pickerel. The current Connecticut Angler's Guide has specific fish consumption advisory information, as well as the most recent rules governing sport fishing.


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