Scoville Reservoir is the perfect place foe a novice like my wife and I. There's very little current, beautiful water and surroundings,too. The reservoir is big enough to have fun exploring all along its shores and not so big that your exhausted from it. There's enough parking for at least a dozen cars, with a boat ramp and dock.
No swimmers or motor boats are allowed so wakes aren't an issue.
It's easy to find. We simply followed the directions provided by others on this site.