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ANNOUNCEMENT: Army Corps of Engineers requires face masks at all recreation projects
As we work to slow the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers reminds all visitors, volunteers and employees that a face mask is required in all USACE buildings and facilities. Masks must also be worn outdoors on USACE-managed lands and recreation areas if physical distancing cannot be met, such as when hiking on trails or visiting sites that may be popular or crowded.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and State of Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) welcome you to Black Rock Lake. An estimated 150,000 visitors annually enjoy hiking, fishing and hunting on the 319 acres of land and water at Black Rock Lake.
Opportunities for recreation at Black Rock Lake include a 21-acre recreation pool that is open seasonally for fishing and non-motorized boating. Coast Guard approved life jackets are required.
The lake and brook are stocked with brown, rainbow and brook trout by the State of Connecticut. The lake also contains largemouth and smallmouth bass, pickerel, perch, bullhead and bluegill.
Reservoir lands offer the public opportunities for hunting. Refer to the Connecticut hunting guide for more information. A portion of the 35-mile long Mattatuck Blue Trail System crosses through the reservoir land.
An overlook area is provided at the top of the dam. Camping, swimming and day use activities are available at the nearby Black Rock State Park on U.S. Route 6.
Visitors spend an estimated $0.95 million within 30 miles of the lake each year. And, an estimated 27 jobs in the local community are supported by visitors to Black Rock Lake.
Updated: February 25, 2021