DEEP: CT DEP And Town Of Washington Announce Opening Of Lake Waramaug Town Boat Launch In Washington

August 4, 2008

CT DEP and Town of Washington
Announce Opening of Lake Waramaug
Town Boat Launch in Washington

Non-resident public access to launch is available

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the Town of Washington announced that the newly renovated Lake Waramaug Town Boat Launch in Washington has been open to the public.

Under an agreement between DEP and the Town, there are seven parking spaces available on a first come first served basis at the new launch. In addition, 13 trailered boats from the nearby campground at Lake Waramaug State Park will be allowed to use the launch at any one time. The thirteen boaters from the State campground must obtain an eligibility certificate through the campground office. The certificates are issued on a first-come –first served basis.

The Town charges a $25 annual fee to launch. The fee is the same for resident and non-residents. All boats will be inspected for Milfoil and subjected to a $5 per launch inspection fee. The launch and inspection fees can be paid at the boat launch.

DEP Commissioner McCarthy said: "We are very pleased that boaters from outside the Town of Washington will have use of the new boat launch and access to this beautiful lake. It is an especially nice opportunity for those who are camping at Lake Waramaug State Park. DEP appreciates the willingness of towns that surround the lake, in particular the Town of Washington, to work out an agreement with us that allows public access to this important resource. We know that fishermen are going to be especially excited about the catching largemouth bass, brown bullhead, chain pickerel, sunfish, smallmouth bass, and yellow perch in this 656 acre lake."

Washington First Selectman Mark Lyon remarked, "On behalf of the Town of Washington, we welcome boaters from the State Campground and surrounding towns to enjoy this scenic lake. An important part of this project is to insure the health of the Lake for future generations and provide an environmentally sound plan that allows the public access to this Connecticut Heritage Lake."

The new boat launch is now open for use during the following periods:

  • Last week in June until Labor Day:
    • Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday, 6 AM to Sunset;
    • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 10 AM to 5 PM
  •  After Labor Day to last Sunday on October:
    • Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday 6 – 11 AM & 4 PM to Sunset

For more information, contact the DEP Boating Division (860) 434-8638 or the Washington Park and Recreation Department (860) 868-1519.

Background on the New Boat Launch

The new facility is a state-of-the-art, handicapped accessible boat launch. Launch improvements included the replacement of the ramp with a grooved, concrete slab surface; the turning and parking areas were redesigned and paved; an interlocking concrete block retaining wall was installed along the water’s edge, the bank was graded from the street to the lot, and a post and beam barrier was installed. In addition, an ADA accessible concrete platform and floating dock system was added that will make launching and retrieval of boats safer and more efficient.

In June 2007, the DEP entered into an agreement to renovate the Town boat launch with the Town of Washington through then First Selectman Richard Sears. The DEP agreed to provide about one-third of the $337,000 cost of the boat launch renovation project in exchange for access by the general public. The agreement was approved by the DEP and the Towns of Washington, Warren, and Kent. The remaining funding for the project was provided by the three towns, which all border Lake Waramaug, and a generous contribution from the Lake Waramaug Association; a group of property owners and friends of the Lake.

The Town of Washington completed launch renovations with close coordination between DEP staff and the First Selectman Mark Lyon.