Outdoor Recreation Programs
We are proud to offer outdoor recreational program at our reservoirs and watersheds for our communities to enjoy while protecting our precious resources.
Shenipsit Lake Reservoir Program
Explore the outdoors at Shenipsit Lake Reservoir! From April to October, you can discover the joys of fishing, boating or hiking.
Shenipsit Lake Reservoir is a public drinking water supply and there are precautions in place to ensure the continuous protection and quality of the water supply source.
Community members can enjoy:
- Fishing from designated shoreline areas
- Fishing from boats registered and stored at the boat storage area
- Fishing from registered boats of property owners along the shoreline of Lake Shenipsit Reservoir
- Hiking on trails around the reservoir
Our 2024 boat registration period begins Thursday, March 14th.
Shoreline property owners, please scroll down.
See brochure for more details on recreation at Shenipsit Lake Reservoir.
Recreation Program Permit Conditions
Please comply by all permit conditions to protect the safety of the Shenipsit Lake Reservoir Water Supply:
The following activities are strictly prohibited:
- Swimming in the reservoir or any tributaries
- Wading in the reservoir or any tributaries
- Alcoholic beverages
- Fishing in restricted areas (including buoyed areas around CTWC aerators and intake channel to spillway and treatment plant).
- Hunting or trapping
- Pets not leashed on dry land
- Motors (motor bikes, snowmobiles, motorized vehicles or vessels of any type except boats propelled by electric motors, etc.)
- Removal of vegetation, animals, or minerals
- Carrying or discharge of firearms or dangerous weapons
- Activities of any type, including fishing, on the ice of a frozen reservoir or tributaries
- Disposal or discharge of wastes or other substances into a reservoir or tributary
- Cleaning of fish within 250 feet of any waterbody
All persons using CWC land shall:
- obey all orders and directions of the CWC staff and security
- remain only in the permitted areas/marked trails within any legal season of the activity and park in designated areas only
- prior to participating have all required licenses, permits, and any prerequisite training
All body wastes must be disposed of in sanitary facilities.
Killingworth Reservoir Trail Program
Our beautiful hiking trail at the Killingworth Reservoir is open to all state residents. It is open daily from sunrise to sunset.
Limited parking is available at Platt Nature Center lot located at 344 Roast Meat Hill Road. The entrance to the trail is just south of the nature center.
See map of the trails here - a 1.2 mile loop!
We ask that you use proper waste disposal and avoid any contact with the protected body of water.