Zoar Beach is Monroe’s only public access to Lake Zoar. Zoar Beach has a boat ramp and is a marina to Lake Zoar for all the residents of Monroe.
Open only to Monroe residents, Zoar Beach is Monroe’s only public access to Lake Zoar and makes for great hang-out location with a pleasing waterfront view. The lake is actually a Connecticut state reservoir and Monroe is just one of four towns including Newtown, Oxford, and Southbury that include it within their city limits. Zoar Beach has a boat ramp and is a marina to Lake Zoar for all the residents of Monroe. In addition, Zoar Beach has a snack bar and a sandy shore area where swimming is permitted.
The lake offers many wonderful opportunities for recreational activities. Boating and fishing are extremely popular on the lake. Each year, the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection restocks the lake with an assortment of fish like large mouth bass, white catfish, and rainbow trout. The boating speed limit of 45 mph on the lake is high enough to let loose and enjoy an exhilarating fast-paced cruise. Jet skiing, tubing, and water skiing are also permitted and are certainly wonderful recreational pastimes of Monroe residents.
At the southern end of the lake stands the Stevenson Dam, which was constructed in 1919 to produce hydro-electric power and provide a vehicle crossing. You cannot boat within 300 feet of the dam, but the towering structure is still an awe inspiring sight. The lake gets in name from the old community of Zoar in Connecticut which was evacuated and eventually flooded in order for the Stevenson Dam to be constructed. The remains of the road to Zoar still exist on the Zoar hiking trail on the shore of the lake.
This small community has much to offer, including golf courses, hiking trails, sandy beaches, and fishing.
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This friendly community is located just south of Lake Zoar, where you can boat, fish, or hike!