930 acres with a maximum depth of 23 feet.
Bantam Lake is the largest natural lake in Connecticut, with a surface area of over 900 acres. Though the lake is located very close to Bantam Connecticut’s town center, the lake is located in the neighboring towns of Litchfield and Morris.
Much of the land at the Northern end of the lake, including the peninsula of Marsh Point, is protected by White Memorial Foundation and this area is home to a wide array of bird species.
Bantam Lake was a favorite camping ground of the great Pootatuck tribe of Native Americans and the number of arrowheads that have been found at the north end of the lake are said to suggest that frequent skirmishes with the invading Mohawks took place in the area.
Bantam Lake has developed a great sailing and ice boating culture and community that is unlike that on any other area lake. The lake also offers some of the best fresh water fishing in Connecticut and the area is a magnate for ice fishing enthusiasts throughout the winter. The main fish species in Bantam Lake are Northern Pike and Smallmouth Bass though Largemouth Bass, Yellow & White Perch, Sunfish, and Brown Bullhead and not entirely uncommon.
Connecticut has some of the most picturesque lakes in the area. To view more of these desirable spots check out our sister sites for Candlewood Lake and Lake Waramaug