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West Thompson Lake

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West Thompson Lake
West Thompson Lake is located in Connecticut
West Thompson Lake
West Thompson Lake
Location in Connecticut
LocationThompson, Connecticut
Coordinates41°57′15″N 71°54′13″W / 41.9542905°N 71.9036151°W / 41.9542905; -71.9036151 [1]
River sourcesQuinebaug River
Max. length1.35 miles (2.17 km)
Max. width1,360 feet (410 m)
Surface area195 acres (79 ha) permanent pool;
1,250 acres (510 ha)
at full capacity[2]
Average depth21.4 feet (6.5 m)[2]
Max. depth50.5 feet (15.4 m)[2]
Residence time4.6 days[2]
Surface elevation305 feet (93 m)[1]
WebsiteWest Thompson Lake

West Thompson Lake is a 200-acre lake in Thompson, Windham County, Connecticut.[3]

A dam was constructed in 1965 by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to create the lake. It impounds the Quinebaug River for flood control and seasonal storm water management. The dam is owned and operated by the Corps of Engineers.[4]

The dam is one of the six flood control structures built on the river. This network of dams helps control flooding all the way from the upstream tributaries of the Thames River to the Long Island Sound. The West Thompson Dam was constructed in 1965. It cost 6.7 million U.S. dollars.[5]

The West Thompson Lake has a total storage capacity of 342 million gallons of flood water.

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Natural Resources

West Thompson Lake contains a myriad of natural resources, including diverse habitats, landscapes, plant life, and wildlife. The 1,857 acres of land around the lake is managed by Park Rangers. Of the total area, approximately 1,125 acres are forests. The forests consist of eastern white pine, oak, and shagbark hickory, birch and maple.[5]

Recreation includes fishing, boating, hunting and hiking,[5] along with an 18-hole disc golf course.[6] Camping is available as well.[7]


  1. ^ a b "West Thompson Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b c d "Water-Quality Characteristics of Selected Public Recreational Lakes and Ponds in Connecticut" (PDF). U.S. Geological Survey. 1995. p. 231. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  3. ^ "West Thompson Lake". Corps Lakes Gateway. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  4. ^ "West Thompson Dam: CT00502". Stanford University. Archived from the original on October 2, 2013. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  5. ^ a b c "West Thompson Lake". New England District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  6. ^ "West Thompson Lake Federal Park". Connecticut Office of Tourism. Retrieved December 16, 2018.
  7. ^ "West Thompson Lake". Retrieved December 16, 2018.

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