Gardner Lake, Connecticut, USA

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USA - New England - Connecticut - Mystic Country -

Gardner Lake spreads its shoreline through Bozrah, Montville, and Salem, Connecticut where many residents call the lakefront home. Although the shoreline is heavily developed with private homes, visitors gain access to watery adventures through public access points and state parks located on the northeastern and southern shores.

As you are enjoying a day of boating or fishing on Gardner Lake, don’t be surprised if you hear hauntingly beautiful piano music rising up from the lake bottom. In February 1895, Thomas LeCount decided he wanted to move his house from one side of the lake to his newly purchase lot across the lake. He decided that if he waited until the lake froze, contractors would be able to slide the in tact house across the lake and reset it on his new plot of land. By the time the contractors had prepared the house for its move and pulled the house 100 yards off shore, darkness overcame the workers and prevented anymore moving that day. They decided to leave the house where it was and return to their project the next morning. Upon arrival the following day, the workers were embarrassed and horrified to see that the weight of the house had cracked the ice and the house was leaning to one side and taking in water. The workers tried to salvage as much as possible but was forced to leave large items in the house as they had no way to haul the huge house to safety. As a constant reminder to the community, the house remained only partially submerged for years. Local stories proclaim that in the summer children would row out to house and play in the attic which was still above water. Years later it finally settled to bottom of the lake where it is still an attraction for scuba divers to enjoy exploring the old house and the majority of its furnishings including the upright piano which is said to be the origin of the mysterious music.

In the middle of Gardner Lake is Connecticut’s smallest park with an area of .88 acre named Minnie Island where the water is the deepest at 39 feet. Whether you enjoy lazing on the beach, swimming, boating, jet skiing, camping or fishing, this lake is sure to please. Residents and visitors alike have access to marinas that provide boat storage and rentals. During early fall, the lake is typically drawn down two to four feet to protect docks from the freeze and in preparation for spring thaw and rain. But this does not decrease the fishing opportunities for bluegill, pumpkinseeds, calico bass, yellow perch, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, brown bullhead, trout and walleye.

The lake area has a wide range of houses that provides real estate opportunities for those wishing to settle here or purchase a vacation home. For a visit to Gardner Lake, vacation rentals range from camping, motels, bed and breakfasts to home rentals along with shopping and dining venues make this an ideal getaway.

In fact, Gardner Lake is located in Eastern Regional Tourism District of Connecticut that is also known as Mystic Country that boasts three distinct regions for you to explore. The quiet corner of Mystic Country is the country area where rural beauty and untouched wilderness entice visitors to outdoor adventure of hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and camping. The Casino country is the second region and boasts a range of vacation rentals from economical hotel rooms to four star suites and villas for your stay at the exciting gaming location or perhaps for a romantic getaway. The third region is the coastal region where you can explore the beaches, lighthouses, and landscapes from the air in a hot air balloon, by ground through automobile or bus tours, or by water when you travel aboard a steamboat. Here vacation rentals include bed and breakfasts, inns, motels, resorts with water views or even water bound lodging if you choose to rent a sailboat with living quarters.

Gardner Lake and the Connecticut Eastern Tourism Region offer visitors and residents a chance to experience a wide range of adventure all within a short ride of each other. Whether you come for the lake, the country, the casinos, or the coastline, it really does not matter as long you visit soon.

Things to do at Gardner Lake

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • State Park
  • Shopping
  • Casino Gambling

Fish species found at Gardner Lake

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Bluegill
  • Brown Bullhead
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Trout
  • Walleye
  • Yellow Perch

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    Gardner Lake Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Connecticut Department of Enviromental Protection

    Surface Area: 529 acres

    Average Depth: 14 feet

    Maximum Depth: 39 feet

    Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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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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    Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

    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".

    Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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    This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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    Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

    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.

    You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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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.

    You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

    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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    Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

    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.

    You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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    Average Depth | LakeLubbers

    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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    Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    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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    Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

    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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    Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

    This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

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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.

    You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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    Surface Area | LakeLubbers

    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.

    You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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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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