New Regulations Issued For Candlewood Lake, Danbury Boat Owners

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Danbury residents who own boats 26 feet or bigger will have to apply to the state for approval to use them on Candlewood Lake this summer.
Danbury residents who own boats 26 feet or bigger will have to apply to the state for approval to use them on Candlewood Lake this summer. Photo Credit: Claire Tensa

DANBURY, Conn. – Most boaters won't be allowed to take their big boats to Candlewood Lake in Danbury this summer after new regulations were passed by the state.

The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection is restricting both powerboats and sailboats that are 26 feet in length or greater from Candlewood Lake unless they have been authorized for use by the department's commissioner.

“Candlewood’s popularity over the years has led to big and powerful boats on the lake that can create whitewater like you might find on Long Island Sound,” said state Sen. Michael McLachlan, R- Danbury. “That’s why these new rules are so important to the future of the lake and to the economic and recreational activity it generates. We all enjoy Candlewood Lake and want to ensure that future generations can enjoy it as much as we have.”

Boats that have previously been used on Candlewood Lake will likely be given authorization, but the owners will need to apply for the authorization to put on their boat. The commercial and governmental boats that regularly use the lake are exempt from the rule.

“Restricting vessel length on Candlewood Lake will have positive effects on access, pump-out facilities, noise pollution, user conflict, and safety,” said Susan K. Whalen, deputy commissioner of the department. 

Marine dealers around the lake that stock boats more than 26 feet in length can also apply for authorization. When authorization is granted, it will stay with the boat regardless of owner, the department said.

“The regulations will not have an impact on trailerable vessels which are under 26 feet in length and will mostly impact lakeshore residents and those that use nearby marinas,” Whalen said.

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