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Fishing and Boating

Steps away from the Lake Wintergreen parking area is a popular place to fish.
Sorry, the state does not permit swimming. This area is the spot to launch a boat.
Kayaking and Canoeing
Access to the 44-acre Lake Wintergreen is restricted to boats that are hand-powered or powered by electric motors. Getting to the lake requires transporting the boat by hand from the parking area to the shore of the lake, which is about a 200-foot distance down a gravel slope. Swimming is not permitted in the lake. A circuit of the lake will take between 30 and 45 min. depending on your paddling speed.
State laws requires that adult boaters WEAR a life jacket (personal flotation device) from Oct. 31 to May 31. From June 1 to Oct. 30, the law requires boaters to have a life jacket on board for each person in the boat. Children younger than age 13 are required to wear a life jacket while on the water at all times of year.
It just makes sense to have a life jacket available. It is common to read a news article in the summer about some boater somewhere, usually on the Long Island Sound, who drowns because they fell off a boat and was not wearing a life jacket.
This is the state's weblink to the Lake Wintergreen boat launch ramp:
This is the link to the Connecticut Boater's Guide You can obtain a paper copy at any Town Clerk's office, the Department of Motor Vehicles, and at marinas. The boater's guide lists the address of the Lake Wintergreen parking lot as 412 Main St., Hamden, although the address is actually 40 Main St., Hamden. State officials chose to use the 412 address because that is the closest address from Google maps.

Farm Brook Reservoir as seen from the Red Trail at the north end of the park.
This is a popular fishing spot.
Fishing in park waters is permitted on a seasonal basis. This includes Lake Wintergreen, Farm Brook Reservoir off Hill Street (as viewed from the Red Trail), and an unnamed pond adjacent to the Red Trail near Mountain Road.

An annual state fishing license is required for those age 16 or older. Fishing licenses are available at any town clerk's office in Connecticut, or may be ordered from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) website at Bait and tackle shops may also sell the licenses.
Fishing and boating information is posted
on the rear of the signboard at Lake Wintergreen.
These signs warn of invasive plants that may be transported by boat trailers. The sign does not totally apply to Lake Wintergreen because the lake has no boat ramp and a metal gate blocks access to the lake from the parking lot. Still boaters should check for any plants clinging to their boats, particularly those using electric motors, and clean their boat and motor after using a particular body of water.

The DEEP announced on May 24, 2018 it had stocked Lake Wintergreen with 1,870 adult (14-18 inch length) and juvenile (9 to 11 inch length) channel catfish with a daily limit of three catfish from stocked areas. Lake Wintergreen was one of 24 bodies of water receiving a total of 17,000 fish.
Press release at:

Complete fishing regulations, including the dates when fishing is permitted, are explained in the Connecticut Angler's Guide, which the DEEP publishes on an annual basis. The guide is available for free at any place that sells a fishing license, at any Town/City Clerk's Office, and may be downloaded from the DEEP website.
The main DEEP page for fishing is here. The link for the Angler's Guide is on the DEEP page in a box at the right:

The most popular place for fishing at Lake Wintergreen is the area near the spillway on the Red Trail, about half a mile south of the Lake Wintergreen parking area.
To reach Farm Brook Reservoir, walk in from the Hill Street parking area on the Red-White Trail. Just before the open field, turn left on the Red Trail and follow that trail near the shore of the reservoir. When you reach the gravel road, turn left and walk across the top of the dam. You cannot walk out to Hill Street across the dam as the properties past the edge of the dam are all privately owned.

Teenagers fish from a dock located by the Farm Brook Reservoir Dam, as seen in this view from the relocated section of the Red Trail in August, 2015.

To reach the Belden Brook Diversion Pond, follow the directions from Rt. 15, Exit 60, as indicated on the Parking and Driving Directions page on this website. When you reach Main Street, turn right (left would bring you to Lake Wintergreen), then take the next left onto Mountain Rd. There is a gate on both sides of the road for the Red Trail. Park near the gate (but don't block it) on the right side of the road where there is room for three cars. Walk up the open trail and the pond is on the left in one-tenth of a mile.
The Belden Brook Diversion Pond on the Red Trail is located just north of Mountain Road near the farm, off Main Street, about one-half mile north of Benham St. The pond has this name because when it was still water company property and Lake Wintergreen was used as a water source (which ended in 1978), the water from Belden Brook could be diverted into Wintergreen Brook and thus redirected into Lake Wintergreen.

A final note to fishermen (and women): PLEASE take your garbage with you. At the popular fishing spots, it is all too common to find beverage cans, tangled fishing line, cigarette butts, and empty bait containers.

Multiple lures and floats are caught in the trees adjacent to Lake Wintergreen in this photo taken from the frozen lake in February 2015.


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  2. fishing in stop waters is allowed on an occasional premise. This incorporates Lake Wintergreen, Farm Brook Reservoir off Hill Street (as saw from the Red Trail), and an anonymous lake nearby the Red Trail close Mountain Road.

  3. I've fished a fair amount in West River, both at southern end of WR and near Darling House. At southern end I've caught many tiny perch; near DH a few very small brook trout, & some sunnies & possibly a small bass (don't remember).

    It's a shame the state doesn't stock the upper WR with trout. Perhaps the land trust discourages them.

    It's further a shame that RWA places access restrictions. Zero need for restrictions from a water supply standpoint: LA gets its water from the Colorado River; Chicago from Lake Michigan. These are sewers compared with RWA supplies.

    RWA uses super high-tech filtration.

  4. There needs to be greater regulation (and enforcement) at Wintergreen. The "bucket brigade" keeps everything they catch, regardless of creel limits, and leave their trash all over the place. I'm tired of spending half time time fishing cleaning up after lazy scumbags.