Lake Elise in Middlebury, CT 2018

Lake Elise, Middlebury - 2018

Map of Lake Elise, Middlebury 2018

2018 Aquatic Plant Survey of Lake Elise

Transect Data | Water Data

Lake Elise is a 15.5-acre lake located in Middlebury, CT. The lake and its surrounding land is owned and maintained by the Middlebury Land Trust. The shoreline is wooded, and there is no development around the lake. A hiking path circles the lake, and a dam is located at the southern end. The lake has no public boat access and is relatively shallow with a maximum depth of 2 meters.

In 2018, CAES IAPP performed a resurvey of Lake Elise, the first survey done in 2011. Ten species were found, a decrease from fifteen in 2011. The same invasive species, fanwort (Cabomba caroliniana), was found in 2018, though at a much lower abundance. In 2011, it formed a thick ring around the entire perimeter, but in 2018 it was much patchier. Fanwort was still the dominant species in the lake, but the nine native species were more abundant in the northeastern portion of the lake. Overall, the aquatic plant abundance was less than found in 2011, with very little found along the western and southern perimeter.

Species recorded in our 2018 survey of Lake Elise.
Scientific Names
*Invasive Species
Fanwort* Spineless Hornwort
Humped Bladderwort Watershield
Large Duckweed Western Waterweed
Ribbon-Leaf Pondweed White Water Lily
Small Pondweed Yellow Water Lily

Other Lake Elise Surveys: 2011, 2023