Squantz Pond


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Squantz Pond
The Towns surrounding Squantz Pond include:
 New Fairfield and Sherman.

 
 

 

A Little History:  SQUANTZ POND

Squantz Pond is located approximately 8 miles north of Danbury in the towns of Sherman and New Fairfield, in Fairfield County.

It is part of Candlewood Lake but is separate from the main body of the lake by Connecticut Route 39. Squantz Pond is natural in origin, however, its level was raised when Candlewood Lake was impounded in 1923.  The pond has a surface area of approximately 288 acres, a maximum depth of 47 feet, an average depth of 22.9 feet, and holds approximately 2 billion gallons of water.

The pond is fed by Glen Brook from the north, Worden Brook from the west, and several small unnamed streams.

The watershed of Squantz Pond is 5.68 square miles (3,635 acres).  Woodlands, wetlands, and water comprise approximately 80 percent (2,908 acres) of the watershed, 15 percent (545 acres) is moderate to low-density housing, while the remaining 5 percent (182 acres) is open land and farm land.

The eastern shoreline is developed with homes, while the western shoreline is steep and wooded.  The southwestern shoreline borders Squantz Pond State Park.  Facilities in the park include picnic areas, beach and swimming areas, toilets and hiking trails.

Public access to Squantz Pond is provided through a state owned boat launch located in the State Park..  Boats launched from the State Park are prohibited from using a motor or combination of motors in excess of 25HP. Larger motors can be attached but the propeller must be removed and the motor inclined out of the water or as high as possible.  No motorized vessels may land or unload passengers or equipment on DEP owned property outside of the launch area.  45 MPH daytime limits, 25 MPH limit from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise.  The launch can be reached by taking Interstate 84, Exit 6 to Route 37 North, to Route 39 North to the State Park entrance.

The launch has a ramp of concrete pads with an asphalt approach.  There is parking for 25 cars at the launch. 

The Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection periodically stocks both brown and rainbow trout in Squantz Pond.  Other species found in the lake include Largemouth Bass, Yellow Perch, White Perch, Walleye, and Chain Pickerel and Catfish.

HISTORY

Settlers from Fairfield, Connecticut received approval from the General Assembly to establish a new township and they negotiated with Chief Squantz of the Schaghticoke (tribe), a tribe of Algonquian lineage.  They “purchased” a 32,000 acre (130km) track of land, that is now New Fairfield and Sherman, for the equivalent of about 300 dollars and on April 24, 1729, the deed was recorded on May 9, 1729, and is now deposited in the archives of the State Capitol in Hartford, Connecticut.

It is said that Squantz Pond State Park takes its name from Chief Squantz, who lived at the northern tip of the lake, which is now separated by the rest of Candlewood Lake by the Route 29 causeway.  Before becoming a state park, the area around Squantz Pond was also a farm and an apple orchard.  Despite many changes to the land, the presence of the original residents is still marked by occasionally uncovered artifacts such as stone adzes , mallets and other tools.  The remains of an Indian canoe over 22 feet long and 5 feet wide was raised by the bottom of the lake, leading to speculation that even before the settlers came, Squantz Pond may have been much larger than it was just prior to its expansion during the flooding of Candlewood Lake.

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