Candlewood Lake is limited to boats UNDER 26 feet in length.  Boats exceeding the limit must possess a valid, posted exemption sticker in order to recreate on Candlewood Lake.  Violators are subject to a $75 fine and termination of voyage.  More Information

The waters of Candlewood Lake are patrolled by the CT Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) as well as the Candlewood Lake Authority Marine Patrol.  Boaters on Candlewood Lake's waters must follow all State and local boating regulations.

Need to get your safe boating / pwc certificate?  Find a class.

All boating emergencies should be reported to the Connecticut DEEP at 860-424-3333.

The speed limit on Candlewood is 45 mph during the day and 25 mph at night (1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise).

To legally operate any boat with a motor or a sailboat 19½ feet in length or longer, the following persons must obtain a Safe Boating Certificate (SBC):
· Residents of Connecticut
· Owners of real property in Connecticut
· Anyone using Connecticut waters more than 60 days in a year.

To legally operate a personal watercraft on Connecticut waters, regardless of state residency all persons must possess a Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation (CPWO).

There are a variety of ways to fulfill the educational requirements in order to obtain a SBC or CPWO. For a listing of public classes around the State click here. There are a number of other groups who provide classes which may be found online.

The Connecticut Boater's Guide provides more information on the rules and regulations of boating on Connecticuts inland waters.

As per State laws, boats must travel at slow/no wake speeds when within 100 feet of shore, PWC's must follow that within 200 feet of shore.


The hazard, speed and navigation buoys on the lake are deployed by the CLA in the spring

and removed in October for the coming winter season. 

Please take the proper precuations if you are on the water in the off season.