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Lake Waramaug State Park
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Lake Waramaug State Park Autumn Colors Falling on Lake Waramaug © Dolly Reynoso-Solana
Lake Waramaug framed by the trees showcasing amazing autumn colors, captured on October 14, 2015.
Lake Waramaug State Park Lake Waramaug IV © Gary Jordan
Lake Waramaug State Park Lake Waramaug I © Gary Jordan
Lake Waramaug State Park Lake Waramaug III © Gary Jordan
There are plenty of picnic tables scattered by the shore for use during the year.
Lake Waramaug State Park Lake Waramaug II © Gary Jordan
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30 Lake Waramaug Road
New Preston, Connecticut   06777

Phone: 860-868-0220
Toll Free: 866-287-2757
Reservations: 860-868-0220
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Scenically, few bodies of water in Connecticut can rival the picturesque setting of Lake Waramaug. When vivid fall foliage is mirrored in the unrippled lake surface, the park becomes a mecca for sightseers and photographers.
History of the Area
Waramaug is the name of an Indian chief of the Wyantenock tribe who had hunting grounds near falls on the Housatonic River, now referred to as "Lover's Leap", in the town of New Milford. Chief Waramaug and his followers wintered in the area now covered by Lake Lillinonah, which was later created by damming the Housatonic, and made Lake Waramaug their summer residence.

The land comprising the park, consisting of approximately 95 acres, was purchased by the State in 1920.
Connecticut has made state parks, forests, trails, historic sites and beaches more accessible to our residents so they can enjoy the many attractions and beauty they offer. Under the Passport to the Parks program, parking fees are now eliminated at Connecticut State Parks for those with Connecticut registered vehicles. You can view the CONNECTICUT PASSPORT TO THE PARKS web page to learn more.
There are 77 sites in wooded and open settings available in the Lake Waramaug Campground. The camping season begins the weekend before Memorial Day Weekend and ends September 30.
Lake Waramaug State Park offers a designated swimming area in the lake. Lifeguards are on duty seasonally. No pets allowed in swim areas. Swimming is at your own risk when lifeguards are off-duty.
The park offers freshwater fishing from both shore and boat. Anglers can catch largemouth bass, smallmouth bass, perch, and trout.

Lake Waramaug State Park offers scenic picnic spots with tables and grills overlooking the tranquil lake. Restrooms available nearby.
- Lake Waramaug Loop: This is a 7.8-mile loop trail that circles the entire lake, offering stunning views of the water and surrounding forest; it's rated as moderate difficulty.

- Pinnacle Trail: A short but steep hike up to an overlook with panoramic views of Lake Waramaug and Litchfield County; this trail spans about 1 mile round trip.

- Macricostas Preserve Hike: Starting from within the state park, this route takes hikers through meadows, forests, wetlands before reaching Meeker Swamp for birdwatching opportunities; total length is approximately 5 miles.

- Bee Brook Loop via Shepaug River Trailhead: An easy-to-moderate level hiking path spanning around three miles in distance featuring beautiful wildflowers during springtime and early summer months.

- Little Pond Boardwalk Nature Pathway : It's a half-mile long boardwalk pathway suitable for all skill levels including children or those looking for wheelchair accessible trails.

- Mt Tom State Park Trails : Though not directly inside Lake Waramaug State Park boundaries , these nearby trails offer additional options ranging from one to five miles each providing different scenic vistas over lakeside landscapes .

-Naromi Trust Land Preserves Trails : Another set of neighboring pathways outside park limits ; they provide diverse terrains across multiple preserves totaling more than ten square kilometers area .

Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews
June 14 Excellent for kayaking! by Linda from Shelton
park review stars; one to five One of the most beautiful lakes in Connecticut!
July 5 Wonderful park by Bill from Watertown
park review stars; one to five Clean, well maintained. A real treasure.
October 24 Simply a beautiful area!!!!!!!! by theo
park review stars; one to five The drive, lake, and surronding mountains/hills are truly awsome.
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Area Campgrounds
Cozy Hills Campground
1311 Route 202 Bantam Road
Bantam, CT
Hemlock Hill Camp Resort
118 Hemlock Hill Road
Litchfield, CT
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From New Milford: follow the US Route 202 north onto CT Route 45 north. Take a left onto North Shore Road and follow the signs around the lake to the park.

From Torrington/Litchfield: follow US Route 202 south onto CT Route 45 north. Take a right onto Route 45 and then a left onto North Shore Road. Continue around the lake to the park.

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