I love Lake Waramaug at any time of year. The graceful homes hark back to an earlier time. Lovely Victorians, Adarondiack style homes with stone fireplaces and wood paneling, more traditional Colonials and Cape Cod style shingle homes enhance the scenery. Many homes date back to the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, and have been lovingly restored and renovated over time with careful consideration of the character of Lake Waramaug. During any season it is a pleasant drive, but with summer nipping at our heels the docks are showing promises of lazy summer days ahead on Lake Waramaug. A 90 minute trip from New York City makes Lake Waramaug a favorite retreat for those seeking the perfect country getaway. There are also many who have chosen to make Lake Waramaug their full time home.
Although Lake Waramaug is the second largest natural lake in Connecticut, you wouldn’t know it to drive by. The lake is shared by Washington (the Village of New Preston), Kent and Warren. Washington and Warren do have their own beaches for the town residents (yearly fees apply, passes available at the town halls). There is also Lake Waramaug State Park tucked away on Lake Waramaug Rd which I have spent many a summer day at. The lake and surrounding area provides people with plenty of hiking, walking, biking, fishing, swimming, rowing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing and boating opportunities. There is a public boat launch at Lake Waramaug, however in order to preserve the integerity of the lake it has restrictions.Here are a few.
- Public motorboat access to Lake Waramaug is only at the Town of Washington Boat Ramp, located just north of the Washington Town Beach.
- There is a maximum of 20 non-resident motorboats allowed on Lake Waramaug, which is made of of 13 campers from Lake Waramaug State Park and 7 day boaters.
- NO state boat launch will be built at Lake Waramaug per an agreement signed in 2004 between the towns and the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.
- You can read more about the rules and regulations concerning boating at Lake Waramaug here at the Lake Waramaug Associaton Website
What is that bubbling of the water at Lake Waramaug? Children call it “monster water”, and are convinced there is a monster or two living at the bottom of Lake Waramug. You really can’t blame them for thinking so. Sadly, it is not from the Lake Waramaug cousin of the Lochness Monster, (although I am sure many a parent has been sorely tempted to tell them so). They are two Layer Aeration Systems put in to place to clean up the waters of Lake Waramaug. The residents of Lake Waramaug formed the Lake Waramaug Task Force and have been responsible for ground breaking ideas in preserving the health of Lake Waramaug and provide a model for others who wish to save their own lakes.
If you are interested, The Lake Waramaug Task Force has put out an awesome video (a bit long at 20 minutes) with an introduction to the history of Lake Waramaug followed by the information as to why the task force was formed and how they have been at the forefront of new ideas and innovations that continue to preserve Lake Waramaug for future generations to enjoy. Click here for the Vimeo Video, Saving Lake Waramaug. I found it fascinating and it gave me such respect for those residents who have given and continue to give of their time to preserve this Litchfield County treasure.
Homes for Sale, Lake Waramaug in Litchfield County, CT.
For more information and additional homes for sale, call The SPA Team, Swiedler, Pomerantz & Adams at 860.946.0686. Let us show you why Lake Waramaug has been a favorite place to visit for years and a wonderful place to live!