Andover Lake, Connecticut, USA

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USA - New England - Connecticut - River Valley -

Located in the town of Andover in northeastern Connecticut, Andover Lake provides a wonderful sense of community that only private lakes can offer. Andover Lake is surrounded by beautiful New England countryside in Connecticut’s River Valley Tourism Region. Andover Lake membership provides lakeside homeowners, and area residents, access to 159 acres of clear, clean water waiting for fishing, swimming, boating, and lakeside activities.

Thanks to the foresight of Andover area businessmen, Andover Lake exists today. In 1926, several influential businessmen saw the potential in developing a swampy area of land formerly known as Cheney Hollow. In short order, Andover Lake Corporation was formed and plans to build a dam and privately owned lake quickly took shape. Completed in 1927, and rebuilt in 1990, Andover Lake Dam stands at the north end of the lake, crossing Cheney Brook at a height of 20 feet and length of approximately 454 feet.

Today, Andover Lake remains a privately owned property. Andover Lake’s operation is shared by two non-profit organizations. The manager and owner of the dam, beach, right-of-ways, lake bottom, and portions of lakeside property is Andover Lake Management Association (ALMA). Andover Lake Property Owners Association (ALPOA) oversees membership and plans social activities and lake events.

Andover Lake membership is open to residents of Andover and neighboring towns. There are five levels of membership: Regular Membership is limited to property owners within the ALMA’s defined real estate area. Regular members are the only members who have voting privileges in regard to association matters; Associate Membership is available to those who are legal residents of the town of Andover; Out-of-Town Membership may be held by families who do not own property in Andover, with the number not exceeding 25% of the total membership; Lake Renters have membership through the landowner’s regular membership; senior citizens may receive discounts on their regular or associate memberships

Open to fishing year around, Andover Lake is known for its excellent fisheries. The many small crooks and bends in the shoreline combine with warm, slow-moving water to provide optimum fishing conditions. The black crappie fishery is said to be one of the best in Connecticut and largemouth bass often exceed a five-pound weight. Additional species include smallmouth bass, chain pickerel, brown bullhead, white catfish, pumpkinseed, bluegills, redbreasted sunfish, and yellow perch.

Maintaining high water quality and excellent fish habitat is a priority to the management and membership of Andover Lake. In addition to regular monitoring, the lake’s water level is lowered three-to-five feet each fall to help maintain fish and plant habitat. Water levels return to the maximum depth of 16 feet and average depth of 10 feet in the spring in preparation for summer water activities.

To maintain the quiet beauty of Andover Pond, no motorized or propellered craft are allowed on the lake. Sailboats, canoes, kayaks and rowboats make boating a popular pastime. A large beach, located at the south end of Andover Pond, is the site of many association activities and events. Birdwatching is popular year-round with osprey, Canadian geese, mallards, eastern bluebirds, mute swans, wild turkey and occasional bald eagles listed among sighted birds. Other wildlife includes bats, muskrats, raccoon, white-tailed deer, gray squirrel, red fox, striped skunk, rabbits and coyote.

For those who enjoy an outing in the woods, 1,500-acre Nathan Hale State Forest lies at Andover’s northeastern city limits. Nathan Hale State Forest holds one of over 30 Connecticut “letterbox hikes”: similar to geocaching, the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) provides clues that lead hikers through the forest to a letterbox. Within the letterbox is a stamp to be used to document your visit. Accumulate enough stamps and Connecticut’s DEP will reward visitors with a patch or walking stick.

Hop River State Park Trail is conveniently located in Andover. This 19-mile trail runs from Manchester (to the northwest) to Willimantic (to the southeast) with portions available for horseback riding and mountain biking. Drive twenty miles northeast of Andover Lake and you will find Mansfield Hollow State Park and Mansfield Hollow Lake. Here you can enjoy boating, hiking or mountain biking along scenic trails, picnicking, and fishing for pike and bass in the 500-acre lake.

For those who prefer urban exploration, Hartford is a quick 20-mile drive west of Andover Lake. Local history centers and museums draw thousands of visitors each year, including the Mark Twain House, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, the Old State House, and Connecticut Historical Society Museum. A walk through historic neighborhoods will tempt shoppers to browse specialty stores and unique gift shops. Whether you enjoy seafood, soul food, Greek, Asian, Middle Eastern, or Caribbean flavors, Hartford’s diverse ethnic population serves up dining experiences to please any palate.

Enjoy the city, the history, and the forests before coming home to your own vacation spot every day. Andover Lake homeowners and Andover residents have created an exceptional lakeside community of 3,000 residents. Andover Lake’s lakeside vacation rentals and real estate properties are ideal for those who don’t want to stray too far from civilization — enjoy the conveniences of a nearby city while residing in a small-town atmosphere. Whether you come for a week or stay to watch the seasons change, Andover Lake’s sparkling water will welcome you home.

Things to do at Andover Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Horseback Riding
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • State Forest
  • Museum

Fish species found at Andover Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Black Crappie
  • Bluegill
  • Brown Bullhead
  • Catfish
  • Chain Pickerel
  • Crappie
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Pumpkinseed
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • White Catfish
  • Yellow Perch

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Andover Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Artificial Reservoir, Dammed

Water Level Control: Andover Lake Management Association

Surface Area: 159 acres

Shoreline Length: 4 miles

Minimum Elevation (Min Pond): 410 feet

Maximum Elevation (Max Pond): 767 feet

Average Depth: 10 feet

Maximum Depth: 16 feet

Water Volume: 1,523 acre-feet

Completion Year: 1927

Lake Area-Population: 3,000

Drainage Area: 4 sq. miles

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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

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This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

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Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

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This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

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This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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