Saugatuck Reservoir

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Saugatuck Reservoir
Saugatuck Reservoir Dam 108.JPG
Saugatuck Reservoir Dam
Location Fairfield County, Connecticut, United States
Coordinates 41°15′54″N 73°21′54″W / 41.265°N 73.365°W / 41.265; -73.365
SAUGATUCK RESERVOIR Latitude and Longitude:

41°15′54″N 73°21′54″W / 41.265°N 73.365°W / 41.265; -73.365
Type reservoir
Primary inflows Saugatuck River
Primary outflows Saugatuck River
Catchment area 35 square miles (91 km2)
Basin countries United States
Surface area 827 acres (3.35 km2) [1]
Average depth average 45 feet (14 m)
Max. depth 110 feet (34 m)
Water volume 37,215 acre feet (45,904,000 m3)
Shore length1 13 miles (21 km)
Surface elevation 279 ft (85 m)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

The Saugatuck Reservoir is a reservoir in Fairfield County, Connecticut, US, that straddles the border between the towns of Redding and Weston. It is created by the Samuel P. Senior dam [2] of the Saugatuck River, and provides water to several of the surrounding towns. It is considered quite scenic and is stocked with trout for fishing. It borders the Trout Brook Valley State Park Reserve at the southeast.

Bridgeport Hydraulic Company Holdings (now owned by Aquarion) flooded the Saugatuck River Valley after 1938 [3] [4] displacing the village of Valley Forge [5] [6] to create the Saugatuck Reservoir. [7]

Aquarion Water Co., owner of the reservoir and dam, allows tailrace fishing in one area at the Weston end of the reservoir, where it has constructed a handicapped-access area. However, anglers must obtain a permit from Aquarion before fishing in the Saugatuck. [8]

The Saugatuck is the largest of the eight reservoirs that make up Aquarion’s greater Bridgeport water system. It holds about 12 billion US gallons (45,000,000 m3) of water. [9]

The following fish species may be found within the Saugatuck Reservoir:

American eel
Bluegill (Sunfish)
Brook trout
Brown trout
Bullhead catfish
Chain pickerel
Largemouth bass
Pumpkinseed (Sunfish)
Rainbow trout
Rock bass
Smallmouth bass
White perch
Yellow perch




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