The fireworks are usually held the Saturday before Independence Day and are launched from City Island near the Danbury Town Park and thousands of people and boats fill the area to view the display. With the colored lights reflecting off the water and the boom of the fireworks echoing through the hills that surround the lake, it is a spectacular event.
The waters of Candlewood Lake are patrolled by the CT DEP as well as the Candlewood Lake Authority Marine Patrol.
Boaters on Candlewood Lake’s waters must follow all Connecticut boating regulations and emergencies should be reported to the DEP at 860-424-3333.
To legally operate any boat with a motor or a sailboat 19½ feet in length or longer, the following persons must obtain a Safe Boating Certificate (SBC):
- Residents of Connecticut
- Owners of real property (real estate) in Connecticut
- Anyone using Connecticut waters more than 60 days in a year.
To legally operate a personal watercraft on Connecticut waters, regardless of state residency all persons must possess a Certificate of Personal Watercraft Operation (CPWO).
There are a variety of ways to fulfill the educational requirements in order to obtain a SBC or CPWO. For a listing of public classes around the State click here. There are a number of other groups who provide classes including the Lake Candlewood Power Squadron and Sound Environmental Associates.
The Connecticut Boater’s Guide provides more information on the rules and regulations of boating on Connecticut’s inland waters.
Please Watch Your Speed:
- 45 mph – Daytime
- 25 mph – Nighttime (1/2 hr. after sunset until 1/2 hr. before sunrise)
Public Boat Launch information:
Brookfield, Danbury, New Fairfield, New Milford, Sherman
If you don’t have a dock to jump from, the five municipal beaches on Candlewood Lake provide Lake access to the public, with on-site parking and some facilities. For more information about access to each municipality’s beach area, please contact the Parks and Recreation department of that municipality.
Additionally, adjacent to Candlewood Lake, Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield provides a beautiful beach and facilities, picnicking grounds and hiking trails along Squantz Pond for all to enjoy.
Candlewood Lake is home to recreational fishing, including tournaments. For more information about learning to fish, permits and licenses, weekly reports and publications visit the DEP Fishing page.
With miles of shoreline, small coves to explore and a number of islands to stop by, Candlewood Lake offers everything a paddler could want. Spend a day paddling Candlewood, relax on one of the Lake’s islands or take a swim. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for some of the wildlife that calls Candlewood Lake and it’s shores home.
Want to make it an outdoor double dip? Spend the morning on the water in your kayak or canoe, then after lunch explore one of the area hiking trails (see below). After working up a good appetite, finish off the day with a delicious dinner at one of the area’s many restaurants.
Please be sure you are familiar with all CT boating laws. As of January 2007, anyone in a manually powered vessel (canoe, kayak, row boat etc.) from October 1st through May 31st must be wearing their PFD at all times. For complete information on that law and all CT boating laws, please see the Connecticut Boater’s Guide.
Candlewood Lake offers SCUBA divers the opportunity to see what may have been left behind when this farming valley was flooded to create the Lake in the 1920′s. Old roads, bridges, foundations and farming equipment are just a few of the things waiting to be discovered beneath Candlewood Lake’s waters.
When diving, please follow all rules and regulations. Safety should be a priority and the proper precautions should be taken. Keep in mind that due to its popularity for recreational opportunities, Candlewood Lake can see heavy boat traffic.
If you would like to experience the Candlewood Lake area by land, there are many hiking trails to explore. Below is a list of a few hiking spots near the Lake, but this is by no means a complete list of hiking opportunities in the area.
If you do choose to explore some of the local hiking areas, please be respectful of them. Carry out any trash you carry in and only walk on designated trails.
If you are interested in camping in Connecticut, there are privately operated campgrounds in the State and the CT DEP camping page provides information regarding camping in CT State Parks as well as a link for the current CT State Parks Camping Brochure.