Highland Lake (Winchester, Connecticut) Article

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Highland Lake
Location Winchester, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°54′01″N 73°05′32″W / 41.9003°N 73.0922°W / 41.9003; -73.0922

41°54′01″N 73°05′32″W / 41.9003°N 73.0922°W / 41.9003; -73.0922
Type lake
Max. length3 mi (4.8 km)
Max. width0.5 mi (0.80 km)
Surface area445 acres (180 ha)
Max. depth63 ft (19 m)
Surface elevation886 ft (270 m)

Highland Lake is a body of water located within the boundaries of Winchester, Connecticut. It has a surface area of 445 acres [1] and an average depth of 24 feet. [2] The lake is long but not wide, extending approximately three miles from north to south but only half a mile at its widest. [3] It narrows at two points and therefore divides into three distinct sections, known (from north to south) as First Bay, Second Bay, and Third Bay. [4] Highland Lake achieves its maximum depth of 63 feet toward the center of Second Bay. [5]

The lake is popular for recreational purposes, including boating and fishing. The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection stocks the lake annually with fish, and considers it a Trophy Trout and Bass Management Lake. [6]

Highland Lake is encircled by Wakefield Boulevard, which is a little over seven miles long, [7] and its shores are heavily built up with residences (both seasonal and year-round) and dotted with many docks. There have been several historical instances of small rogue wakes hitting the area between first and second bay. Locals attribute that to some underground plate movements between the two areas


  1. ^ Protection, Department of Environmental. "DEEP: Highland Lake Boat Launch". ct.gov. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  2. ^ "Highland Lake, Connecticut, USA Vacation Info - Lakelubbers". Lakelubbers. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  3. ^ "Highland Lake" (PDF).
  4. ^ "Highland Lake, Connecticut, USA Vacation Info - Lakelubbers". Lakelubbers. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  5. ^ "Bathymetry Map of Northern Half of Highland Lake, Winchester, Connecticut" (PDF).
  6. ^ "Highland Lake" (PDF).
  7. ^ "History of Highland Lake". www.hlwa.org. Retrieved 2017-06-11.