Visiting Candlewood Lake
Candlewood Lake is the largest lake in Connecticut and also the most popular lake for recreation in the State. When people travel and bring their boats which have been on other waters, they run the risk of transporting invasive species from that lake to Candlewood Lake, which can result in great damage to our lake.
The Candlewood Lake Authority and area citizens are dedicated to preventing the introduciton of all invasive species to Candlewood, especially invasive zebra mussels. Zebra mussels are most commonly transported through visiting boats. If you are bringing a boat that has been in other waters, it is critical that you take the proper precautions.
Some nearby waters that contain zebra mussels are Lakes Zoar and Lillinonah, Lake Housatonic, the Hudson River, Lake George and Lake Champlain.
NOTE: It is against CT Law to knowingly infect a body of water with zebra mussels. Also, Candlewood Lake has Eurasian watermilfoil, an invasive aquatic plant. Even a small fragment of that plant, transported on a boat or trailer to another lake, can infect that lake. When leaving Candlewood Lake, by law you must remove all aquatic plants on your boat or trailer, or be subject to a fine.