Lake Lillinonah

Earlier in the week, I got to explore Lake Lillinonah with some friends. The “lake” is actually man made as a result of the damming of the Housatonic River in Bridgewater, Connecticut.

The Dam.

The Friends of the Lake website describes the lake this way, “From its headwaters in the Housatonic River in New Milford, Lake Lillinonah extends 12 miles to the Shepaug Dam, covering 1900 acres to a maximum depth of 110 feet with 45 miles of shoreline, much of it steep hillside that rises 200 feet or more above the water line. Connecticut Light and Power created Lake Lillinonah in 1955 as a source of hydroelectricity and flood control. The dam’s 57,000-horsepower turbine drives a 43,000-kilowatt generator in what is Connecticut’s newest and largest hydroelectric plant.”

Splash!

We had a blast, exploring this beautiful part of Connecticut by boat. A few of us even got in some water-skiing. I didn’t risk injury by staying in the boat while the wild-men took to skis. However, I did test the refreshing waters of the lake.

2 Responses to “Lake Lillinonah”


  1. 1 artroti 19 July 2009 at 6:58 pm

    I toured the hydro electric generators in 8th grade before I made a hydroelectric dam as a science fair project. I got second place for it. Cool memories.


  1. 1 Art Falcone Trackback on 11 January 2015 at 11:21 pm

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