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Ashford Lake
Location Ashford, Connecticut, United States of America
Coordinates 41°54′01″N 72°07′42″W / 41.90036°N 72.12825°W / 41.90036; -72.12825
Type Artificial
Primary inflows Intermittent streams, runoff, springs
Primary outflows Goss Brook
Basin countries United States of America (Connecticut)
Managing agency Ashford Lake POA
First flooded 1949
Max. length 0.59 mi (0.95 km) approx.
Max. width 0.19 mi (0.31 km) approx.
Surface area 52.6 acres (21.3 ha)
Max. depth 12 ft (3.7 m)
Surface elevation 659 ft (201 m)
Frozen December through March (most winters)
Islands 0

Ashford Lake is a small, shallow, privately owned pond located in the eastern part of the town of Ashford in northeastern Connecticut, along the town's border with Eastford. The pond has an area of 52.6 acres and a maximum depth of approximately 12 feet. Its normal surface elevation is 659 feet above sea level.

History

Ashford Lake was created in 1949 when an earthen dam was constructed on Goss Brook.

On July 17, 2018, an EF0 tornado -- the first tornado to touch down in Windham County since 1992 -- struck Ashford Lake and the surrounding neighborhoods, downing trees, damaging homes, and killing three household rabbits.

Description

Ashford Lake's inflows consist of intermittent small streams and runoff, along with springs at the bottom of the pond. The pond's waters are held back by an earthen embankment dam on its south shore. Ashford Lake's outlet is Goss Brook, which flows over the dam's spillway and eventually into the Mount Hope River.

Recreation

Ashford Lake is only accessible to homeowners and their guests. The pond is home to private beaches which can be used by residents. Ashford Lake has no boat launch, but residents may use their own boats as long as electric motors are used. NO GAS

Flora and fauna

Ashford Lake is home to abundant aquatic vegetation, but most of it cannot be seen from the surface, and thus it poses little negative impacts on recreation. The pond has no invasive plant species. Patches of Sparganium sp. are common along the shore, while Eleocharis acicularis, Isoetes sp., Nuphar variegata and Brasenia schreberi are sparse. A progression of plant species occur with increasing depth. Najas flexilis dominates areas from one to six feet deep, Utricularia radiata occurs in six to nine feet of water and Potamogeton foliosus is present in water from nine to twelve feet.

Fish are occasionally spotted in Ashford Lake's waters, such as largemouth bass.

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