Ashford Lake, Ashford - 2013

Ashford lake
  Ashford Lake is a 53-acre lake located in Ashford, CT. There is a town beach on the southeastern shore and a dam on the southern shore. There is no public boat access. The lake shore is moderately developed with residential homes.  The lake is mainly used for residential boating recreation and swimming access. 

The 2013 CAES IAPP survey was a resurvey from 2006. Similar to 2006, no invasive plants were found growing in Ashford Lake.  Also similar to 2006, most vegetation could not be seen from the water's surface. Much of the survey was conducted using grapples and rakes to bring plants up from the lake bottom to identify. The most common plants found throughout the lake were slender naiad (Najas flexilis) and leafy pondweed (Potamogeton foliosus). Slender naiad formed a ring around the lake from 0.5 - 2.4 meters. Then there was very little vegetation from 2.4 - 2.7 m. At the 2.7 meter depth, leafy pondweed was found growing across the lake in medium abundance. Along the shoreline, similar plants were found to the 2006 survey, including: bur-reed (Sparganium species) and spikerush (Eleocharis species).  The 2013 survey found three bladderwort (Utricularia) species compared to one in 2006. Overall, species richness increased from 8 in 2006 to 15 in 2013.

Species recorded in our 2013 survey of Ashford Lake.
Scientific Names
Humped bladderwort
Ribbon-Leaf pondweed Watershield
Leafy pondweed Slender naiad
Purple bladderwort
Snailseed pondweed
White water lily



Other Ashford Lake Surveys:
 2006 Survey