Connecticut’s Great Lakes Last Updated: March 2022
Connecticut’s coastline isn’t our only waterfront claim to fame. Across the state, there are over 3,000 beautiful lakes, ponds and reservoirs that offer all kinds of water activities. See where you can take a swim, go out on the boat, fish, kayak, picnic, hike, camp and so much more. And don't miss all the great restaurants, hotels and B&Bs nearby. Just be sure to check with each location's safety guidelines before venturing out!
Where to Make a Big Splash
Some of the most popular lakes in Connecticut are also the most scenic. You’ll find sprawling freshwater lakes and beautiful vistas all over the state.
Smaller Hidden Gems
The locals know where to enjoy smaller lakes tucked into wooded areas and state parks. Some are better for fishing and boating, others allow swimming. Each one has its own local rules and regulations, so be sure to check before you hit the water.
Looking for a room with a view? Here a few hotels near Connecticut’s most scenic lakes.
Camp by the Lake
Can’t get enough of the lake? Sleep there! In Connecticut, many of our campgrounds are situated overlooking lakes and other bodies of water.
Rent a Lake House
Extend your visit to the lake with a rental home. From cottages to mansions, you can find a place to call your own (at least for a little while) in Connecticut. Here are a couple places that are open this season.