Lake Zoar

Lake Zoar, Newtown: Address, Lake Zoar Reviews: 4/5

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Recreational lake in Connecticut's Housatonic region that offers a state boat launching site, fishing, hiking and biking trails.
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Jon O
Danbury33 contributions
Bacon egg and swiss.
Jan 2020
Stopped by on way to a job site and had breakfast. Very good eats, Had their burgers before and love the Zore burger with gorgonzola! Excellent!
Written January 7, 2020
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Amber E
Newtown, CT23 contributions
Noisy power boats and jet skis abound
Aug 2017 • Friends
This lake is for hard-core partiers--there's even a little island where people can just drink all day in the water--and brave, if foolhardy, water skiers and their drivers. Weekends are particularly wild. If this is your scene, you'll love it.
Written June 18, 2018
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GalacticSilverSurfer
Antarctica60 contributions
Nice day
Jul 2017
Great landscape, just floating along on the river. Be cautious on the sun and don't forget your sunscreen. Overall, just a nice smooth day.
Written January 22, 2018
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CarpeVires
Long Island, NY6 contributions
Couldn't even enjoy it :(
Jul 2017
As soon as we walked in, we were greeted by a man (guess he worked there) asking if we could be helped. He said its private property and we couldn't be there. I guess we'll have to find another place to enjoy the sunny weather. These other reviews made it seem open to the public but it's not. All private parking and private entry. Don't go unless you're a member.
Written July 8, 2017
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Samantha N
Bethel, CT346 contributions
Refreshing!
Jul 2016 • Friends
I spent a wonderful SAturday on Lake Zoar! It was very busy with many boats and families tubing, but there were also kayakers and people just swimming in the very Refershing water. It was also interesting to see a patrol boat out ,keeping an eye on everyone.
Written July 25, 2016
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Tom A
Newtown, CT114 contributions
Lovely lake with inviting marinas
Jul 2016
Beautiful lake created by a dam built about 1919, called the Stevenson Dam. Great for cruising, with miles of wooded shoreline. Good fishing for bass and panfish, too. Eichler's Cove Marina in Newtown has a boat ramp and docks, as well as picnic tables.
Written July 20, 2016
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Lou R
Newtown, Connecticut, United States60 contributions
It is getting crowded.
Jun 2016 • Solo
The lake is formed by a dam and as such the water quality depends on whether the dam owners allow enough water to exit the impound to keep the algae under control. Whether they do or not depends on the demand for electricity which is the purpose of the dam. For several years now they have waited too long resulting in beach closures and wasted good swimming weather.
Written June 15, 2016
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ckjd111
Monroe, CT2 contributions
good food
Apr 2016 • Family
good food by the water. looking over at Lake Zoar bridge and all the boaters on the water. It was a beautiful sunny day with the sun beaming down on the water
Written April 14, 2016
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Rick M
Newtown, CT123 contributions
An interesting man made body of water with lovely views
Oct 2015 • Friends
While I've enjoyed time out on Lake Zoar boating and fishing, and fishing from shore, for over 30 years.....I have to say that the fishing has never been very fulfilling. The lake was formed after the hydroelectric dams were built, flooding the original Housatonic River above and between the Shepaug and Stevenson dams, creating a famously debris filled body of tricky water with significant currents. The Housatonic River had been horribly polluted by PCB's, among other things, and neither Lake Lillinoah (above Zoar) nor Lake Zoar, offer acceptable quantities of edible fish to this day. Up above those lake, in faster moving less silted river locations, fishing has been greatly restored but still questionable to eat for those at risk.
That being said, the Housatonic River from MA all the way to Long Island Sound offers some beautiful scenery, lovely dining opportunities, state parks, camping, watersports, rafting, and abundant historical features and opportunities to explore.
Also, both lakes are lowered seasonally to keep exceptional control of Asian milfoil, which should eventually assist in generating a healthy ecosystem.
Written October 26, 2015
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Brian C
Newtown, CT56 contributions
A hidden gem
Jul 2015 • Couples
A hidden gem of a lake, about 80% of the shoreline is forest. Try visiting Kettletown State Park or the State boat launch in Southbury
Written October 1, 2015
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