Saugatuck Reservoir Article

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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 area35 square miles (91 km2)
Basin countriesUnited States
Surface area827 acres (3.35 km2) [1]
Average depthaverage 45 feet (14 m)
Max. depth110 feet (34 m)
Water volume37,215 acre feet (45,904,000 m3)
Shore length113 miles (21 km)
Surface elevation279 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 villages of Hull and 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


  1. ^ Saugatuck Reservoir, Connecticut, USA - Lakelubbers
  2. ^ National Program for Inspection of Non-Federal Dams. Samuel P. Senior Reservoir Dam (CT 00108), and Popps Mountain Dike (CT 00022), Connecticut Western Coastal Area, Weston, Connecticut. Phase I Inspection Report.
  3. ^ FIGHT RESERVOIR PROJECT; Residents Offer to Finance a Suit by Weston, Conn., November 27, 1937, Page 9, 144 words, THE NEW YORK TIMES.
  4. ^ SUE TO PREVENT DAM; Saugatuck Valley Residents Seek Injunction and $250,000, February 3, 1938, Page 10, 133 words, THE NEW YORK TIMES.
  5. ^ Valley Forge Forever Gone Archived 2009-11-03 at the Wayback Machine., By Marcia Miner, The Aspetuck Land Trust
  6. ^ The rise and fall of Valley Forge, Published: 12:00 a.m., Sunday, March 26, 2006, Robert Miller, THE NEWS-TIMES
  7. ^ Village of the Damned: the fight for open space and the flooding of a Connecticut town. By James Lomuscio, ISBN  1-58465-477-5 ISBN  978-1584654773
  8. ^ Fishing by permit, Recreation - Aquarion
  9. ^ Redding Saugatuck Reservoir Where has all the water gone?, Nov 29, 2007,

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