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Address: Newtown, CT

Recreational lake in Connecticut's Housatonic region that offers a state...

Recreational lake in Connecticut's Housatonic region that offers a state boat launching site, fishing, hiking and biking trails.

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It is getting crowded.

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... read more

Reviewed 15 June 2016
Lou R
Newtown, Connecticut, United States
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183 reviews
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Reviewed 25 July 2016

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.

Thank Samantha N
Monroe, Connecticut
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84 reviews
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Reviewed 20 July 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.

1 Thank Tom A
Newtown, Connecticut, United States
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Reviewed 15 June 2016

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... More 

Thank Lou R
Monroe, Connecticut
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 April 2016

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

Thank ckjd111
Newtown, Connecticut
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77 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 October 2015

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... More 

2 Thank Rick M
Newtown, Connecticut
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47 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2015

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

Thank Brian C
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 13 January 2015

Visited this lake in July of 2014 from Wisconsin and felt right at home. Has a great up north vibe and the people are very friendly. We enjoyed time out on the sand bar!

Thank Rebeca A
Monroe, Connecticut
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303 reviews
44 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 22 December 2014

Food was at best OK and the wait staff are more interested in their cell phones than waiting on customers. They do pay attention to the few regulars they have, but ignore everyone else

Thank Virginia V
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26 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 19 November 2014

Lake Zoar is an attractive lake but it isn't easily accessible for visitors. Visitors should seek Newtown's beautiful walking trails, which provide a Short Escape from the urban areas of New York and Connecticut. Walks are also highly recommended on the main street with the flagpole in the middle of the road. You'll find Victorian houses, historic Edmond Town Hall... More 

Thank Shortescapes
Fairfield, Connecticut
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21 reviews
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Reviewed 22 August 2014

had a day trip with a neighbor to try out their new boat- wound up waterskiing on the Lake- great fun.

Thank Bob S

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