Lake Waubeeka, Danbury - 2005

Lake Waubeeka is a 36-acre lake with beaches on the western side and northern end. Access to Lake Waubeeka is restricted to residents, who are members of a lake association.

Coontail (Ceratophyllum demersum) was very abundant throughout during our September 2005 survey. It was one of 13 aquatic plants recorded during the survey and was by far the most abundant, occurring in shallow water and in the deepest part of the lake, which has a maximum depth of approximately 8 feet (2.5 m). Four floating-leaved species were observed. Yellow water lily (Nuphar variegata) occurred in several patches widely scattered around the edges of the lake, and the white water lily (Nymphaea odorata) occurred in larger patches, primarily at the northern and southern ends of the lake. Watershield (Brasenia schreberi) occurred with white water lily in a large patch in the northern part of the lake and in a number of small patches on the western shore and in the southeast part of the lake. Common duckweed (Lemna minor), was collected along the shore in the southwestern part of the lake. All other aquatic plants were submerged species.

Three invasive species were recorded during the survey. Eurasian watermilfoil (Myriophyllum spicatum) was abundant in the southern end of the western half of the lake as well as off the western side of a peninsula extending from the southern shore into the middle of the lake. Curlyleaf pondweed (Potamogeton crispus) was observed in small patches in several areas. An annual species, minor naiad (Najas minor), was abundant at the southern end and along the western shore of the lake's eastern half. A number of other submerged species occurred in scattered patches. Among these were small water stargrass (Zosterella dubia), large-leaf pondweed (Potamogeton amplifolius), and Canadian waterweed (Elodea canadensis). Humped bladderwort (Utricularia gibba) was recorded near the northern end of the lake, growing in the coontail, and needle spikerush (Eleocharis acicularis) was recorded along the lake's western shore.

Species recorded in our 2005 survey of Waubeeka Lake.
Scientific Names
*Invasive Species
Canadian waterweed Humped bladderwort Watershield
Common duckweed Large-Leaf pondweed White water lily
Coontail Minor naiad* Yellow water lily
Curlyleaf pondweed* Needle spikerush
Eurasian watermilfoil* Water stargrass

Other Lake Waubeeka Surveys: 2019