Friends boating on Lake Waramaug

Lake Waramaug State Park

Kent/New Preston, CT

Scenically, few bodies of water in Connecticut can rival the picturesque setting of Lake Waramaug. When vivid fall foliage is mirrored in the unrippled lake surface, the park becomes a mecca for sightseers and photographers. At just 95 acres, the park packs a big punch despite its size with no shortage of opportunities to swim, camp, cycle, paddle, and more. It’s also a great launch pad for other nearby parks, wineries, and more in the Litchfield Hills.

Named Waramaug after the chief of the Wyantenock Tribe, the name translates to “place of good fishing.” The tribe had hunting grounds near the falls on the Housatonic River, now referred to as "Lover's Leap", wintered in the area now covered by Lake Lillinonah, and made Lake Waramaug their summer residence. The state purchased land for the park in 1920, offering the only public access on the lake.  

Views from the Park
Location

30 Lake Waramaug Road
Kent/New Preston, CT 06777

Details

Open Daily
(8:00 a.m. – Sunset)

No alcohol

Contact

Main (860) 868-2592

Family overlooking Lake Waramaug vista
Activities

Biking

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Though just one road passes through the park, the park is a popular starting point for biking around Lake Waramaug. The eight mile circuit follows along the perimeter of the lake, tracing its many curves and offering unobstructed water views and easy pitstops to nearby attractions, like wine tasting at Hopkins Vineyard.

The route follows Lake Waramaug Road and Shore Road, two main roads that are winding and narrow in places, and best for confident cyclists with a thorough understanding of road safety. 

Boating

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Considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the world and featured in the book “1,000 Places to See Before You Die”, there is perhaps no better vantage point to this treasured lake than from the water itself. Bring your own boat or rent!

CANOE AND KAYAK RENTALS

  • Available Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • No reservations are necessary — rentals are first-come, first-served
  • Please be aware that rental operations close for inclement weather

Rental Hours

  • 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (weekdays)
  • 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (weekends)

Rental Rates 

  • Single seat kayaks: $15/hour or $80 per day 
  • Double kayaks and canoes: $20/hour or $100 per day 
  • Stand up paddleboards: $10/half hour, $15 per hour (no daily rentals)
  • Cash only

Rental questions? 

Contact Clarke Outdoors
163 Route 7, West Cornwall, CT  06796
(860) 672-6365

Boat Launch

To reach the boat launch: From Route 45, go west on Lake Road to North Shore Road. Boat launch is roughly 100 feet away from the parking area.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Help protect Lake Waramaraug’s pristine waters from invasive plants – inspect your boat for any vegetation before dropping in! 

Camping

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The Lake Waramaug Campground offers 76 campsites and six rustic cabins in wooded and open settings, many overlooking the adjacent lake. It’s a picturesque spot to watch the sun rise over the water each morning. The camping season begins Memorial Day Weekend and ends Labor Day.

LAKE WARAMAUG CAMPGROUND

2024 Season:  Opens Friday, May 24 and closes Monday, September 2 at noon
Campground Office: (860) 868-0220
Campground Map

76 RV/Tent Sites

  • Daily Rate:  $17 resident/$27 non-resident plus processing fee
  • Wooded and open sites with picnic table, fire ring, and grate
  • Six-person maximum per site
  • Maximum stay: 14 days

Six Rustic Cabins

  • Daily Rate:  $50 resident/$60 non-resident – plus processing fee, 15% occupancy tax, and refundable $50 security deposit 
  • Two-room cabins with double bed and two bunk beds 
  • Comfortably sleeps four people with space up to six
  • Available to reserve Fridays & Saturdays; two night minimum required
  • Closed Sundays - Thursdays 

AMENITIES

  • Bathhouses with hot showers, dishwashing, and potable water 
  • Concessions 
  • Firewood and ice available on site
  • Dumping station
  • Picnic shelters

RESERVE A CAMPSITE 

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Fishing

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Dubbed “Waramaug,” by the Wyantenock Tribe, the lake’s name literally translates to “place of good fishing”. And it lives up to its name.  The glacial lake is the second largest natural lake in the state – and one of the cleanest – and has some of the best largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing around, especially for larger-sized bass more than 16 inches in length. Keeping the bass company are plentiful schools of perch, sunfish, bullhead, and more. Head to the lake for four seasons of fishing – even when the lake freezes over!

Types of fish: Largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, brown bullhead, sunfish

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Before heading out, be sure to check the latest conditions and fishing regulations. 

Nature

Picnicking

Swimming

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Though the lake is popular with the leaf peeping set in the fall, it’s an amazing swimming hole for cooling off in the summertime. Set against a backdrop of the lush Litchfield Hills, it’s an idyllic destination to head with your swimsuit and picnic basket in tow.

Mostly surrounded by private homes, the state park beach is the only public access point on this massive 656-acre lake.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

Winter

Fees

FREE – In-State Registered Vehicles
$15 – Out-of-State Vehicles (Weekends/Holidays)
$10 – Out-of-State Vehicles (Weekdays)
$112 – Out-of-State Vehicles (Season Pass)

Accessibility

Parking

Picnic tables

Restrooms

Pets

Picnic Areas
On leash

Campground & Beach
Not permitted