The Candlewood Lake Authority today announced that more than 20 signs warning boaters about the threat of zebra mussels, a prolific invasive species recently discovered in nearby Lakes Lillinonah and Zoar, have been installed at boat launch sites on Candlewood Lake.
The authority posted signs at all five town boat launches on the lake, and several of those at private communities, including the Holiday Point Association in Sherman, Holywyle Park Association and Candlewood Knolls in New Fairfield, and Candlewood Shores of Brookfield. Signs are also being installed at the lake’s commercial marinas and the two state boat launches at Lattins Cove and Squantz Pond.
“Candlewood Lake is an extremely popular destination and attracts boat owners from throughout western Connecticut and the tri-state region,” said Larry Marsicano, executive director for the CLA. “Many resident members of our communities also take their boats on vacations or day trips to waters known to contain zebra mussels."
Marsicano said those boats could return to the lake contaminated by zebra mussels, which might then contaminate Candlewood Lake.