Thought Provoking Facts About A Connecticut Treasure: Candlewood Lake
Mike Allen is I-95's Former News Director and a contributor to the I-95 Morning Show with Ethan, Lou & Dave.
When Mike joins the show he presents "The Place You Live" segment, a fascinating deep dive into the communities we call home. We were lucky enough to have him join us on Tuesday (6/6/23) and talk more about everyone's favorite local playground: Candlewood Lake.
This is some of what Mike Allen shared with us.
Candlewood Lake Serves a Purpose Beyond Recreation
"People tend to forget it's a big hydroelectric project, it generates electricity and people forget about that. "
There is more about the hydroelectric capabilities of the lake in the clips below.
"It's the largest man made Lake in CT and people always point out, yeah but Bantam Lake in Litchfield, that's the largest natural lake and that is true so we got that out of the way."
He added statistics about Candlewood's scope that include:
11 miles long
2 miles wide
30 feet deep average
85 feet is the deepest point down by the damn in New Milford.
46 billion gallons of water.
8 square miles of surface area.
5500 acres of surface space
61 miles of shoreline
1600 Residences on the lake
6000 resident vessels
How It Was Made
"It was all tobacco farms before it was built, they cleared it out in the 1920's. Only half of U.S. houses at electricity at that time."
Allen Added these amazing stats:
500 lumberjacks from Main and Canada were brought here to do the work and they cleared 4500 acres, mainly by hand.
Allen gave us plenty more to chew on during this segment. He shared a whole lot more about the history and science behind Candlewood Lake, listen below.
You can listen to "The Place You Live" on the Ethan, Lou & Large Dave Show podcast on Apple and Spotify.
Mike has a whole lot more to share and you can absorb it all by checking out his podcast "Amazing Tales from Off and On Connecticut's Beaten Path." The podcast is available wherever you listen to podcasts, including Apple and Spotify.
Mike did two segments on Tuesday, the first was about the Old CT Path, hear what he had to say below.