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Lake Waramaug offers a host of recreational opportunities: walking, biking, fishing, swimming, camping, rowing, kayaking and canoeing, sailing and boating.

LOST & FOUND

Property found floating on the lake or which finds a temporary home on a resident's lakefront is a continuing water safety issue. To aid in resolving this problem, the Town of Washington ("Town"), the Lake Waramaug Authority ("Authority") and the Lake Waramaug Association ("Association") have agreed upon the following trial program of notification and removal:

The Town and the Authority have established the following email address: lakewaramauglostandfound@washingtonct.org

If you FIND property on the lake or it has floated to your shoreline, email a description of that property, along with your location and contact information. Please put "Found" in the subject line. Either retain the property or bring it to the Washington Boat Launch ("Launch"). If the property is too large or heavy for you to handle, include that information in your email or call Resident State Trooper Stephen Sordi at 860-868-9671 to seek instructions for possible assistance from the Authority's Marine Patrol Boat. (The Marine Patrol will assist in its discretion where possible, but only where its boat may operate safely.)

Articles floating on the lake will also be collected by the Marine Patrol Boat and will be brought to the Launch and placed in an area designated by the Town for such use. The Town will permit such property to remain at the Launch for at least ten days (two weekends), after which the Town may dispose of such property.

If you have LOST property, send a description of the property and your contact information to the email address above. Please put "Lost" in the subject line. Where possible, lost and found notices will be posted here, matched and the parties notified.

LOST:
  • Nikon SLR in a black case. In the case was the camera along with attachments and a replacement battery. The photos on this camera capture my daughters first year of life. The photos are worth much more to me than the camera itself. If returned there will be a monetary reward.
  • Our one-seater green Kayak -- "Perception" brand -- has gone missing. There was a yellow paddle with it. If anyone sees it, please let us know.

  • And Please Note That:

    BOATING

    Boating on Lake Waramaug presents many opportunities for fun and relaxation, but also poses the biggest threat for the introduction of invasive weeds, as well as potential safety issues.

    Boat Launch
    Under Connecticut Law, boaters must inspect their vessel for vegetation and properly remove and dispose of any vegetation before transporting the vessel; violations are subject to fines. To reinforce this law, the launching of boats on Lake Waramaug is restricted, and the Town of Washington passed a boat inspection ordinance.

    Washington Boat Launch hours are posted below. There is a $25.00 annual sticker fee. All boats will be inspected and subject to a $5.00 per launch inspection fee. You must provide boat and trailer registration, current Driverís License and Safe Boating Certificate. Parking is limited to eight spaces (including one handicapped space) on a first-come, first-served basis. Violators will be towed. Boats leaving the lake should be at the launch at least 20 minutes prior to the scheduled closing time. Extra fee for late removal $75.00.

    Spring Hours
    From Saturday, April 19 through Friday, June 20
    6:00 to 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. to Sunset
    on Saturdays, Sundays, Wednesdays, Memorial Day

    Summer Hours
    From Saturday, June 21 through Labor Day, Monday, September 1st
    Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays, Mondays: 6:00 a.m. to Sunset
    Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    Fall Hours
    Begin Wednesday, September 3. Same as Spring hours; also applies to Columbus Day. Ramp closes for the season on Sunday, October 26th at sunset.

    Do not launch boats from any other location! For further information about the Washington Boat Launch contact Washington Parks and Recreation at 860-868-1519 .

    The Lake Waramaug Agreement
    An agreement between the three towns and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection was signed in September 2004, following near unanimous approvals at town meetings. Major elements of the agreement include:

    The agreement provides that car-top boats (12 HP engine maximum, which can be carried on top of a car or in an van or pickup truck and can be unloaded by not more than two people) can be launched from either the State Park or the Washington Boat Launch after they have been inspected for environmental fitness to enter the Lake. Such inspections are presently performed at the Washington Boat Launch during its scheduled hours (see below). Until alternate arrangements for inspections are in place for off-schedule hours, operators of car-top boats launching at such times should inspect their boats carefully for any plant or animal material from other lakes or rivers before launching, and dispose of any such material AWAY from the lake.

    All other motorboats, including jet skis, must be launched from Washington Boat ramp, which incorporates an inspection for dangerous plants or other material with each launch. The ramp is located on Route 45 near the Washington town beach at the southeast corner of the Lake.

    Safe Boating
      
    All Boaters must follow Connecticut laws and regulations. Boating information can be found in the Connecticut Boater's Guide which is also available from the Town Clerk. A "Safe Boating Certificate" is required in order to operate a motorized recreational vessel and must be on board at all times during operation. In order to obtain a Safe Boating Certificate, an individual must successfully complete an approved basic boating course or receive a passing grade on an equivalency examination administered by the DEP. Similar requirements exist for operating a Personal Watercraft (i.e. Jetski). Certification and registration information can be found on the CT Department of Environmental Protection website.

    Connecticut law requires that all boats with motors — regardless of size — and sailboats powered by sail alone, 19 1/2 feet or longer, be registered and numbered before launching. If you purchase a boat that is currently registered, you are responsible for seeing that it is registered in your name. All vessels must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Evidence of ownership must be submitted at the time of registration. Upon receipt of the application and fee, an identification number will be assigned and a certificate of number/registration will be issued along with two validation decals. The registration will be valid until April 30 of the following year. Connecticut vessel numbers stay with the boat as long as it is registered in the state. Normally you will receive a registration renewal from DMV early in the calendar year. If you do not register the boat for a year, you will not receive another renewal notice and you must go to a DMV office to renew your registration.

    Please practice safe and courteous boating. Connecticut boating regulations include:

    SWIMMING AND LAKESIDE BEACHES

    Swimmers should remain close to shore and in marked swimming areas. IT CAN BE VERY DIFFICULT FOR MOTOR BOATS TO SPOT SWIMMERS. If you plan to swim further from shore, have a spotter boat accompany you to divert other watercraft.

    Access to the Lake is available at the Lake Waramaug State Park at the northwest end of the Lake, and, for residents of Warren and Washington with the appropriate permits, at their respective Town Beaches. These locations provide opportunities for swimming, picnics, non-motorized boating.

    Warren Town Beach

    The beach is open Memorial Day through Labor Day, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. to Warren residents, taxpayers, and their guests. Vehicles owned or leased by property owners or renters are eligible for beach stickers which must be affixed to the windshield side of the rearview mirror. Stickers will be checked by gate attendant. Cars without stickers will not be admitted! No Exceptions!

    Warren Parks and Recreation offers a full set of rules about the use of the beach, and how to obtain a vehicle beach sticker.

    Washington Town Beach

    The beach is available to all residents and taxpayers of the Town of Washington. Permits allow use of the picnic and swim area, and are available at the beach. For more information contact Washington Parks and Recreation 860-868-1519.

      
    Illustrations by Joseph Tomelleri from the State Angler's Guide

    FISHING

    A license is needed for anglers over age 16, and can be purchased at all Town Halls and selected vendors. The CT DEP's website lists license type, fees and where to obtain them. The DEP also offers extensive information about fishing in Connecticut in their "2014 Connecticut Angler's Guide."

    Species of fish found in Lake Waramaug include large mouth bass, small mouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, brown bullhead and sunfish.

    Follow DEP guidelines for being a responsible angler:

    The DEP also specifies responsibilities of anglers in regards to aquatic nuisance species. An increasing number of maging aquatic species are invading waters of Connecticut. You can help prevent the spread of problem species by following these simple suggestions before leaving a boat launch:

    CAMPING

      
    Overnight camping is available at Lake Waramaug State Park. Over 70 wooded and open sites overlook the Lake, with concession, dumping station, bathrooms and showers. No pets allowed. Campsite reservations are required; see the State website for rates. The campground office is located at 30 Lake Waramaug Road, New Preston (northwest corner of the Lake). Call 860-868-0220 (seasonal number) or 860-424-3200.

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