Squantz Pond
Squantz Pond, New Fairfield - 2011
Squantz Pond

Squantz Pond is a 266-acre lake located in New Fairfield, CT. It borders Connecticut’s largest lake, Candlewood Lake, at its southern end where a road runs between the lakes. There is a state boat launch located at the southern portion of the lake as well as a large state park that borders the western shore. The state park runs a public beach along the southern shore. The lake is developed around the northern tip and along the eastern shore. Boating, fishing, and swimming are common recreational activities on the lake.

Squantz Pond’s bathymetry limited the area for potential plants to grow. The western shore was rocky cliff line, limiting plant growth. The eastern shore had a more gradually slope made of muck or sand before getting deep, allowing for a little more plant life to root and grow there. The northern tip is shallow, allowing the most plant life to grow and was the most diverse area for plants in the lake. Eleven species were found in the 2011 survey of Squantz Pond. Two invasive species were found: Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) and minor naiad (Najas minor). Eurasian watermilfoil was found in small to medium patches along the southern, eastern, and northern shores. Minor naiad was found in similar areas but in smaller patches. Coontail (Ceratophyllum demersum), western waterweed (Elodea nuttallii), and slender naiad (Najas flexilis) were natives commonly found growing with the Eurasian watermilfoil and minor naiad. Waterwort (Elatine species), spikerush (Eleocharis species), pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata), snailseed pondweed (Potamogeton bicupulatus), bur-reed (Sparganium species), and cattail (Typha species) were the common plants growing in shallow water along the shore lines.

Species recorded in our 2011 survey of Squantz Pond.
Scientific Names
*Invasive Species
Bur-Reed Minor naiad* Spikerush
Cattail Pickerelweed Waterwort
Coontail Slender naiad Western waterweed
Eurasian watermilfoil* Snailseed pondweed

Other Squantz Pond Surveys