Connecticut officials are calling this "A hazardous situation."

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According to an article on the ctinsider website, it's happening at the Aquarion Water Company's reservoirs and state boat ramps. Swimming in those nontraditional swimming areas can be dangerous and against the law. Here's what Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton told

It's just a new phnomenon. We're seeing it in other parts of the city and other parts of the state.

Every weekend during the summer, out of state cars would begin lining up at Squantz Pond State Park in New Fairfield with hopes of making the 250 car limit before the park was full. Families drove up from NYC by the hundreds to enjoy the beach and have a good old fashioned family picnic in the country.

Squantz Pond State Park - Ethan Photo
Squantz Pond State Park - Ethan Photo

Now, all that has changed. The cars have stopped coming because inland CT state park beaches are still closed due to the pandemic, so now some residents are turning to alternative, unconventional swimming areas, and this is not good.

Officers from the Dept. of Energy and Environmental Protection(DEEP) have posted 'No Swimming' signs at most of the 'problematic' boat launches. The Eureka Lake Reservoir owned by the town of Bethel already has 'No Trespassing' signs up along with concrete barriers to prevent people from parking on the property. For a map of available swimming areas in Connecticut, click on Swim smart, swim safe.

Remembering Summers Gone By on Candlewood Lake:




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