Have you been thinking about where in Litchfield County to purchase your new home? How about Lake Waramaug, a favorite spot for the second home buyer for years. Lake Waramaug is a comfortable 90 minutes from New York City, making it a perfect getaway. There are also many who call Lake Waramaug their home year round.
Taking a drive around Lake Waramaug in Litchfield County can be like taking a step back in time. Grand homes grace the road around the lake, many of the homes are original to the lake since the 1800's. They have been renovated and restored over time with careful consideration of the character of the lake. 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.
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 integrity 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
Of all the water bodies in Litchfield County, Lake Waramaug is perhaps my favorite. Last year a family trip to the Lake Waramaug State Park beach provided my family with a lazy day on the water, complete with the best eye candy around including cows on the hillside overlooking the lake!
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! Now enjoy our own tour of Lake Waramaug for you!
Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County Real Estate
2017 President, Greater New Milford Board of Realtors
2017 Connecticut Magazine 5 Star Realtor
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Litchfield County Regional Office,375 Danbury Rd, New Milford, CT 06776
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