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Lake Lillinonah
Lake showing dam
Lake Lillinonah near the Shepaug Dam, April 10, 2010
Location Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven counties, Connecticut
Type reservoir
Managing agency Lake Lillinonah Authority, CL&P
First flooded September 27, 1955 (1955-09-27)
Max. length 12 to 14 miles (19 to 23 km)
Surface area 1,547 to 1,900 acres (626 to 769 ha)
Max. depth 110 feet (34 m)
Shore length1 45 miles (72 km)
1 Shore length is not a well-defined measure.

Lake Lillinonah is located in Fairfield, Litchfield and New Haven counties of Western Connecticut, in the northeastern United States. It is the second largest lake in Connecticut, smaller only than Candlewood Lake. The lake is bordered by six towns: Brookfield, Bridgewater, Newtown, New Milford, Roxbury, and Southbury. It was formed in 1955 by impoundment of the Housatonic River and the Shepaug River by the Shepaug Dam which was built by the Connecticut Light and Power Company. Some of the most expensive real estate in the Greater Danbury area is located on the shores of the lake, in the towns of Brookfield, Bridgewater and Newtown.

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