What to do in Lake Waramaug State Park

*This information was provided by the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection*

History-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.

Camping- 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.Other facilities include bathrooms, food concession, picnic tables, showers in the campground.

Lake Waramaug offers camping, car-top boating, lake fishing, picnicking, swimming, and also canoe and kayak rentals.

From New Milford: follow Route 202 to New Preston. Turn left onto Route 45. Take a left onto North Shore Road and follow the signs around the lake to the park.

From Torrington/Litchfield: follow Route 118 to Litchfield. At the intersection of Routes 118 and 202 in Litchfield bear left onto Route 202. Follow Route 202 to New Preston. Take a right onto Route 45 and then a left onto North Shore Road. Continue around the lake to the park.

The climate of this state involves a moderate amount of humidity, heat and cold. Summer highs reach 90 degrees F with low temperatures near 65 degrees. Evenings near the water can become cool and light jackets and sweaters are recommended. Winter temperatures average in the mid thirties during the day and in the teens at night. Rarely do temperatures dip to zero, especially in the southern portion of the state, where the water influences the more temperate weather.

30 Lake Waramaug Road
New Preston, CT 06777

Phone: 860-868-0220

Email: dep.stateparks@po.state.ct.us
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