Pearl Lake is a reservoir located in the town of East Haddam, Connecticut. The lake extends beyond the borders of the state into neighboring Connecticut and Massachusetts.
It was created with the construction in 1872 by damming the Naugatuck River, which flows southeast through an agricultural valley to join the Quinnipiac River near Long Island Sound. The lake’s shoreline forms part of the contiguous forested park known as Pearl Lake State Park. In addition to water recreation facilities, the park offers camping sites, picnic areas, playgrounds, and trails. A boat launch allows access to the lake for non-motorized boating. Boats are available to rent or use on loan at the campground.
Fishing opportunities concentrate around the dam area and include bass, perch, crappie, bluegill, catfish, and pickerel. Swimming is permitted only when the lake level is below the spillway crest. There is no swimming allowed above this crest. Cross-country skiing is permitted during the winter months at certain times of year. Snowmobiling is not permitted. The park has three parking lots, each accommodating approximately 200 vehicles. On-street parking is also available. Buses are often seen ferrying large groups of people from one parking lot to another. Amenities include paved roads and pathways, restrooms, campsites, picnic areas, and playgrounds.
Other activities Include:
- cross-country skiing
- horseback riding