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Cedar Lake Beach

Eastern Connecticut, Connecticut

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  • The paring lot off of West Main Street.- Cedar Lake Beach
  • The crosswalk connecting the parking lot to the beach.- Cedar Lake Beach
  • The main swimming area's entrance.- Cedar Lake Beach
  • Robert H. Pelletier Park.- Cedar Lake Beach
  • The West Main Street swimming area.- Cedar Lake Beach
  • The main swimming area off of West Main Street.- Cedar Lake Beach
  • Local residents enjoying the sand.- Cedar Lake Beach
  • A shaded picnic area.- Cedar Lake Beach
  • Looking at the concession stand from the water.- Cedar Lake Beach
  • Looking at the shore from the water.- Cedar Lake Beach
  • Looking north across Cedar Lake.- Cedar Lake Beach
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Pros: 
Family-friendly lake front.
Cons: 
High permit fee for non-residents.
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Region:
Eastern Connecticut, CT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Seasonal Permit
Current Local Weather:
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Cedar Lake is a cherished recreational area for the residents of Chester, Connecticut. This 80-acre water body is fed by two springs at its northern end, one being the Pattaconk Brook. Its deepest point is located in the middle and drops to about 60 feet.

The primary swimming area is off of West Main Street and has seasonal lifeguard coverage. The park and beach span 0.7 acres and offer 50,000 square feet of water space. The park bears the name of Robert H. Pelletier, a local resident who was the head lifeguard for over 20 years. There is also a food concession with picnic tables and a small pavilion.

A second, unstaffed swimming area is located off of Cedar Lake Road, but no swimming area is designated.

The beaches are maintained by the town, and visitors are required to have a permit. While non-residents may consider the $65 seasonal pass to be a hefty price to pay, local patrons can enjoy the area for free and bring guests for an additional $3 per person. So make some friends!

Triathletes can also enjoy the lake by participating in the annual Cedar Lake Triathlon series. Check out their Facebook page to learn more about their six races from June through August that cover a 500-yard swim, a 10-mile bike loop, and a 3.1-mile run!  They encourage all levels of tri-athletes.

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