Candlewood Lake, Connecticut, United States
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Candlewood Lake Information

About Candlewood Lake

In Fairfield and Litchfield counties, Candlewood Lake is as enchanting as its name. The largest lake in Connecticut, this popular destination is at its height during the summer months, especially for New Yorkers. The lake is family friendly, and a beautiful place to unwind from your hectic schedule. Relax on the water, or explore the surrounding wildlife in this natural haven.

Things to do in Candlewood Lake

The best part about Candlewood Lake is the great swimming and boating that can be done on the water. There are many different boat launches where you can set sail from. The lake also has amazing opportunities for fishing, especially for smallmouth bass. There are also many water sports that you can try out on the lake, like wake boarding if you’re up for the challenge. Hiking is very popular around the lake, especially if you’ve spent all your time on the water. Check out the Bear Mountain Reservation or the Housatonic Range Trail nearby. Visit “Chicken Rock,” where it’s tradition to jump right into the water from the rock’s height. The lake also has a number of islands that are very picturesque islands to visit.

Day trips from Candlewood Lake

The quaint town of Danbury is just 20 minutes away from Candlewood Lake. Head out to Danbury to see a concert at the Ives Concert Park, or spend a day at the Danbury Fair Mall. Danbury is full of great restaurants for you to unwind at after a day of shopping. An hour away from Candlewood Lake will get you to Bridgeport also. Visit Connecticut’s Beardsley Zoo that houses hundreds of animals from North and South America — the perfect place to bring young kids. Visit the Barnum Museum also, celebrating circus culture with all kinds of nostalgic exhibits. The Pootatuck State Forest is also right off of Candlewood Lake, but you can spend the whole day there by all means.

Candlewood Lake accommodations

Find all kinds of scenic rentals with Tripping, where you can choose from rustic lake houses to luxurious summer homes. There are many hotels in the area that can provide a relaxing vacation for you and your family while you visit the lake. Step from your rental right onto the water if you’re lucky enough to find a lake-side house. Enjoy the many memories you’ll make whether you’re having a big family reunion, or just on a vacation for two.

Transportation in Candlewood Lake

There isn’t a lot of public transportation out by Candlewood Lake, but the exercise you’ll get hiking and swimming is sure to make up for it. Get around the lake by boat, and hopefully you can find a rental close enough to the lake that you can walk. You’ll need a car to drive up to your rental, and it’ll come in handy for day trips.

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Vacation Rentals in Candlewood Lake

Find the best Candlewood Lake vacation rentals on With over 85 home rentals, take your pick from a wide variety of choices including studio apartments, luxury condos, and cozy cabin rentals. Prices in Candlewood Lake range from $55 a night. Many rentals can also be booked directly online.

Vacation home rentals found on offer more amenities than the average hotel room along with many of the comforts of home. Going on a business trip or need to stay connected? 67 homes in Candlewood Lake offer high-speed WiFi Internet so you won’t miss a beat. Travelling with kids? Let them splash around in any of the 9 rentals with pool or jacuzzi, or relax with the family in one of the 71 homes with cable TV.

For all those pet owners with dogs or cats, Candlewood Lake offers 31 pet-friendly vacation rentals for your extended family. Find the perfect vacation rental that matches your budget and style on

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