187 Cottage Street
Monroe, CT 06468
About Lake Zoar
Lake Zoar in southwest Connecticut is a great outdoor destination with its surrounding coastline and scenic views of the Connecticut River. Lake Zoarsee offers a wide range of hiking trails, lakes, parks and trails for all ages and abilities.
The lake stretches from a steep, wooded shore on the east side of the Connecticut River to a long, narrow shore beyond the town of Zoarsee, south of New Haven, Connecticut.
The southern end is defined by Stevenson Dam, and Rocky Glen is located at the northern end; the dam's streetbed was originally used as the site of an old railway station and post office at the southern end. Lake Zoar was created by Connecticut Light and Power in the 1930s, when they built Stevenson Dam to flood the Housatonic River from the Shepaug Dam. The dam is designed to generate electricity from hydropower and is now operated by FirstLight Power Resources. Long-standing evidence of the power of hydropower points to its importance to Connecticut's economy and Connecticut's economy.
The construction of the dam and power plant was completed in 1919, and four turbines provided the operator with an output of 28,900 kilowatts. It was the epitome of utilities then and remains a Connecticut wonder today.
Lake Zoar has been Connecticut's largest lake since 1919, and anglers appreciate the population of Zoars in the lake and its natural beauty.
Four boat moorings provide access, and the Southbury jetty is operated by the State of Connecticut. The cities of Monroe, Newtown and Oxford have paid boat ramps and a boat ramp on the lake's south shore.
Camping, fishing, hiking and picnics are available in the city of Southbury, the state of Connecticut and the city of Monroe, as well as the cities of Newtown and Oxford. Jackson Cove Park has a sandy beach at the southern end of the lake with picnic area, picnic tables and picnic benches.
Lake Zoar is a popular destination for canoeing, kayaking and canoeing, and there are many bird species in the area. To capitalize on this popularity, the Housatonic Valley River Trail was founded (see link below).
The picturesque surroundings of the lake offer ideal conditions for nature lovers and cameramen. For geocachers, there are over 200 caches within reach, as well as a large number of hiking trails and trails for kayaking and canoeing.
One of the four side roads leads to Prydden Brook, where Prydden Falls flow through mossy rocks into Lake Zoar. The Zoars Trail is a 3.8 km long trail that follows the shores of Zoard Lake from the northern end of Lake Zozo to the southern end.
If you want to explore the area by car, there is a Valley Heritage Drive - through tour (see link below). The tour is very interesting and educational, with pictures and descriptions of historical sites. Lake Zoar is one of the best places to stop, relax and enjoy nature, and it is a good place to enjoy nature.