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Muddy Pond is a 38.4 acre man-made lake located in Woodstock, CT. The town beach on the eastern shore is limited to Woodstock residents, property owners, and their guests. Swimming, fishing, canoeing, and picnicking are allowed. There is no public boat access.
Our 2013 CAES IAPP survey found 14 species of aquatic plants in the lake. One species, Myriophyllum heterophyllum (Variable watermilfoil), was invasive. M. heterophyllum was the most dominant plant, found in large patches around nearly the entire shoreline. It was not present directly in front of the town beach. M. heterophyllum was present in the northern and southern coves; however, it did not reach all the way to the shoreline.
Nymphaea odorata (white water lily) was the second most dominant plant in the lake. It was found in a large patch in the southern cove and the southwest shoreline. N. odorata was also present in the northern cove and in several smaller patches around the lake. Common shoreline species growing include: Eriocaulon aquaticum, (sevenangle pipewort), Eleocharis species (spikerush), and Gratiola aurea (Golden hedge-hyssop). Nuphar variegata (yellow water lily) was present primarily in the northern cove with smaller patches along the western shoreline and southern cove. Brasenia schreberi (watershield) was commonly found growing with N. odorata but in lower abundance. Utricularia macrorhiza (common bladderwort) and Utricularia gibba (humped bladderwort) were most commonly found as singular plants growing with N. odorata and M. heterophyllum around the mid-western shore and throughout the southern cove. A single plant of Proserpinaca palustris (mermaid weed) was found in the northern cove.
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Species recorded in our 2013 survey of Muddy Pond. Click on plant to view herbarium mount. (invasive species in bold)