Fresh Water Beaches in Connecticut
Connecticut has many state and local parks that are well-maintained with lots of amenities for a family vacation. Some of these include sandy, fresh-water beaches on lakes and ponds. Many offer playgrounds, changing rooms, refreshments, and other treats to enjoy a full day on the lake.
If salt water combined with ocean waves is your favorite, check out details about the state’s beaches
on Long Island Sound.
30 Lake Waramaug Road
New Preston, CT
This clear, crisp freshwater lake in a state park western Connecticut offers swimming, fishing, and boating for cvartop and hand-carried vessels. The surrounding hills are visit all year, and especially beautiful in fall. Canoes and kayaks are available for rent. Lifeguards are usually on duty weekends and holidays from 10 a.m. through 6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. Lifeguards may also be scheduled on weekdays.
18 Ranger Road
Large state forest; good for fishing, hiking & walking, horseback riding, snowmobiling
Freshwater swimming in various bodies of water of all sizes, from ponds to lakes to reservoirs, at Cockaponset State Park. Most people swim at Pattaconk Lake Recreation Area, which is a natural lake; it has no sandy bech.
Memorial Day to Labor Day: Weekends, $9 for state residents and $15 for out-of-state residents; weekdays, parking is free.
See Cockaponset State Park
for full description of this park.
4 Straits Tpk.
Middlebury, CT, 06762
Day park offers water sports on the lake, picnicking, fishing, and trails for walking
This nice day park is centered upon Hop Brook Lake. The lake has a sandy beach and is open for swimming, paddling, rowing, and fishing. Fishing may be done on the lake and its streams, which are stocked with brown, brook, and rainbow trout. Bass and panfish are also found in the lake. Hikers will find over seven miles of trails winding through the woods and meadows at Hop Brook Lake. An 11-hole disc golf course is also located within the park. Facilities include flush toilets, drinking water, ball fields, volleyball courts, and horseshoe pit.
929 Hopeville Road
Freshwater swimming, fishing in Hopeville Pond. Campground in woods.
This nice day-use and overnight park has a swimming beach and boat ramp. See full description
of Hopeville Pond State Park.
Sweet riverside park for water sports and picnicking. Easy walking trails along the river.
This park on the Housatonic River has places to swim and enjoy other water sports. Also has shaded picnic areas.
See full description
of Indian Well State Park
149 Farms Village Road (Route 309)
Wheelchair-accessible park has trout fishing, hiking, sports fields, swimming
Swimming at the upper pond along scenic Stratton Brook. See Stratton Brook State Park
for full description of this park.
960 Morehouse Hwy
Lake Mohegan and its surrounding open space comprise a total of 170.4 acres off Morehouse Highway. In summer, the fresh water lake is open to swimmers in a designated area supervised by lifeguards. The large beach is sandy and sunny. There’s little natural shade. There is a sprinkler park for children. The lake has a playground, a snack bar, picnic shelter and restroom facilities.
Fees: Parking is free, but a fee is charged at the gate to enter the swimming area from Memorial Day Saturday to Labor Day. Daily rates: Adult resident, $8-$10; adult non-resident, $15-$18; children (age 3-17) resident, $4-$6; child non-resident, $8-$12.
384 Burr Mountain Road
Pond has beach for swimming, canoe & kayak rentals, trails around the shoreline; lifeguards on weekends
Visitors can enjoy swimming from the beach, picnicking, hiking the perimeter of the pond, and boating at this pretty park. Visitors may rent
canoes and kayaks.
Beach and swimming area in a fresh water lake. Admission: $4 per person Monday - Friday, $6 per person Saturday - Sunday.