Coventry & Mansfield, CT
Eagleville Lake (80 acres) and its dam are a recreation area owned by the Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection. The view and rushing sound of the whitewater falls can be enjoyed at either parking area.
Fishing is popular on the Mansfield side of the dam. There is a paved ramp for handicapped access to the top of the dam, where you can try your luck at fishing or just enjoy the view of the lake.
The Coventry side has a carry-in boat launch for canoes and kayaks, as well as small motor boats (8 mile-per-hour speed limit). No water skiing is allowed. Paddling to the upper lake is easiest from River Park in Mansfield. Check the Canoe and Kayak Map for details about the river and lake’s hazards, features and launch sites.
Access is on Route 275 about one-half mile west of the junction with Route 32 in Mansfield. Park in a lot beside the dam on either the Mansfield or Coventry side.
Eagleville Lake was created to store the river's water and provide a reliable source of water power to the former Eagleville mill, which was located on the Mansfield side next to the dam. Now it is a popular recreation area. The dam's curtain of whitewater and scenic views of the lake make this a refreshing spot to relax and enjoy the views.
The lake offers flat-water paddling on open water, but wind can be a factor. Stay close to the west shore and be careful to avoid the dam, which is marked with buoys. The upper end of the lake offers meandering channels between low-lying islands. This area offers good opportunities to watch wildlife. Fishing for warm-water fish, such as large-mouth bass, is available either from a boat or from the Mansfield side of the dam.
Photos: P. Vertefeuille
This Willimantic River Greenway Parks and Trails Guide was produced by the Willimantic River Alliance and WINCOG. Information in this guide reflects conditions and features as of Spring, 2008. Since conditions change over time, the Alliance is not responsible for changes at this site. This guide was funded with support from the The Last Green Valley (formerly known as the Quinebaug-Shetucket Heritage Corridor, Inc.).