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Winchester Lake in Connecticut

by  guest-paddler

A self-supported trip created by guest-paddler

Trip Overview

From the boat launch we paddled along the western shore exploring several coves all the while taking in the warm sunshine and excellent fall colors as the lake is surrounded by forested hillsides. As you paddle around this magnificent lake please be aware of the numerous submerged tree stumps that populate the lake.

I only saw 3 houses on the western side of the lake and some large new structure being built on the north side of the lake, but other than that there is nothing around this lake.

There is a nice little island on the western side which is a great place to pull out and stop for lunch. You can probably paddle around this lake in about 2-3 hours, but I recommend taking your time and enjoying the scenery.


Large parking lot and Chemical toilet at the boat launch.


No fees


RT 8 north from Waterbury to the last exit in Winsted. At the end of the exit turn right onto RT 8 then turn left onto RT 44 West. After about 1 mile turn left onto RT 263 which takes you to Winchester Center. Stay on RT 263 through Winchester Center, then Bear right onto West road which takes you to the boat launch. There is plenty of parking at the boat launch.


Trip Details

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water

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