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Pocotopaug Lake, CT

Lake Size: 0.8 mi (2.1 km)
Latitude: 41.598333
Longitude: -72.510278
  • Miscellaneous Info
Lake Pocotopaug is a census-designated place (CDP) in the Town of East Hampton in Middlesex County, Connecticut, United States. The population was 3,169 at the 2000 census. It is named for the large local lake, which for years has been a popular resort area. Several people have summer cottages along the shore. It is especially noted for two islands in its center, separated by a narrow, shallow strait (both of which have cabins). The lake's name comes from the local Pequot Indian word for "lake with pierced islands". Some time long before the area was settled by whites, the tribe living there felt they were being cursed by their irritable Great Spirit. To try and appease him, the main chief agreed to sacrifice his daughter, who willingly threw herself into the lake and drowned. The tribe's shamans announced that never again would an Indian be killed on the lake. Until recently, no one had been killed since then while boating on the lake. On June 3, 2007 a boater was drowned in a nighttime boating accident. Brett Donovan, age 29, of Manchester was riding a boat in the dark and drowned after jumping in the lake after attending a party. His body was found the following day. Additionally, at least one person has been killed falling through ice on the surface one winter. In recent years the lake has become a place of ecological study due to the large scale algae blooms that resulted in mass fish deaths in 2000. As a result some people have been deterred from swimming in the lake due to its recent algae problems.

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