Believe it or not, Candlewood Lake’s majestic beauty is man-made. In the early 1900s, the Rocky River Valley was a farming community at the foot of the Berkshire Mountains.
During the summer of 1926 the decision was made by Connecticut Light & Power to create a lake in this region that would generate hydro-electric power.
After the power company relocated all of the valley’s residents, a 100 foot-tall dam was constructed at the northern end and water from the Housatonic was pumped into the valley. The project took nearly two years. Well worth it to create our beloved Candlewood.
Facts about Candlewood Lake
Connecticut’s Largest Lake
Maximum Length: 11 miles
Maximum Width: 2 miles
Deepest Point: 90 feet
Average Depth: Approx. 30 feet
Shoreline: Approx. 65 miles
Lake: 5,420 acres or 8.4 square miles
Islands: 12 total
5 Bordering Towns: Danbury, Brookfield, New Milford, Sherman, & New Fairfield
Lake Divides: Fairfield & Litchfield Counties
Main Water Source: Housatonic River
Man Made: Started July 1926 – Completed February 1928
Generates: Hydro-Electric Power
Fishing Hot Spot: Trout and Large and Small Mouth Bass