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Anderson Pond is a delightful 57-acre lake located in southeastern Connecticut four miles north of North Stonington. Also known as Blue Lake, and sometimes Anderson's Pond, this rural area of Connecticut's Mystic Country Tourism Region is a beautiful site any time of year.
Anderson Pond lies in a "kettle formation" created during the last glacial age. Today, Blue Lake's southern and western banks are heavily wooded sloped banks. Wetlands and tree-covered properties dot much of the north and eastern shore. A paved public boat ramp and small parking lot located at the north end of Blue Lake provide access to the water. Anderson Pond does not have public swimming access but it remains the perfect place to launch your boat, canoe, or kayak and enjoy the simplicity and beauty of a country lake. Circle the two-mile shoreline and look for opportunities to observe and photograph birds and wildlife. The wetlands attract ducks, geese, heron, mink, and beaver. As you look into the grasses growing along the shore you may observe ruffed grouse, woodcock, quail, pheasant, deer, rabbit, raccoon and fox.
With a maximum depth of eight feet and average depth of five feet, Blue Lake's shallow waters make a perfect stop for a relaxing fishing trip. Cast a line into Anderson's Pond and you may catch largemouth bass, chain pickerel, calico bass, sunfish, brown bullhead, or yellow perch for your evening dinner.
Anderson's Pond is being monitored for invasive plant species by Connecticut's Invasive Aquatic Plant Program (IAPP). In 2004, two invasive species were found: Myriophyllum heterophyllum and Cabomba caroliniana. As recently as 2005, Blue Lake's weed problem left portions of the lake unusable. With participation in IAPP, new management options should help control invasive plants at Anderson Pond and lakes throughout Connecticut.
An additional concern for Blue Lake has been the age and condition of Blue Lake Dam. Over the years, requests have been made to repair or demolish the dam. During 2003-2004, Blue Lake Homeowners Association worked successfully with the Blue Lake Tax District to repair and secure the dam.
Explore beyond Anderson Pond and you will find Billings Lake less than a mile to the east. This 97-acre lake is forested along the eastern shore and developed with summer homes and vacation rentals along the western shore. Billings Lake is one of Connecticut's Bass Management Lakes. A paved boat ramp gives fishermen access to largemouth bass, yellow perch, chain pickerel, sunfish, calico bass, and brown bullhead.
Pachaug State Forest and 800-acre Pachaug Lake lie only a few miles north of Blue Lake. Here, fishermen fish the bays and coves for northern pike, largemouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, black crappie, white perch, sunfish, and catfish. Pachaug State Forest's 24,000 acres offer endless recreational opportunities including fishing, swimming, camping, rock climbing or backpacking through secluded forest trails.
If the sea is more to your liking, don't miss the opportunity to visit historic Mystic Seaport, 15 miles south of Anderson Pond. Here you can fill your day exploring maritime history: museum exhibits, boat restoration projects, and ship tours at the Museum of America and the Sea make history come alive. Make time to attend any number of classes including sailing, power-boat safety, and navigation. To observe the latest in marine-life research, visit the Mystic Aquarium & Institute for Exploration.
Located about two hours from New York City to the southwest and Boston to the northeast, Anderson Pond provides the perfect setting for a lakeside retreat or retirement home. Distinctive real estate properties dot the eastern banks of Anderson Pond and the charm of neighboring communities make Blue Lake more than a vacation destination. Anderson Pond and New London County lie at the southern end of Quinebaug & Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor. Encompassing Connecticut's northern counties of Windham and Tolland and Massachusett's Hampden and Worcester counties, the park creates a unique destination. The Park Service envisions its mission as creating a location where nonprofit cultural and environmental organizations, businesses, local and state governments, citizens and the National Park Service can work together to celebrate and preserve the region's natural, historical and cultural, historical heritage.
Included in the corridor are several communities surrounding Anderson Pond: North Stonington (four miles south), Jewett City (five miles northeast), and Norwich (nine miles west). Within these communities you will find history museums, live theatre, golf courses, city parks, and restaurants to suit every palate. Spas, bed and breakfasts, resorts, vacation rentals and real estate properties are available to provide the perfect spot to begin and end your day. Come to the country, paddle the waters, walk the hills and end your day where the setting sun throws its shadows across Anderson Pond.
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