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 farm land.
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
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 f
ound 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