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Water Sport

Water Sports

Whether its sailing, rowing, water skiing or taking your boat out there are many activities to do during our summer months. Follow the link below for more information!

Camping in Mountains


Bantam Lake partners with White Memorial Foundation for camping. Please click the link below to learn more about seasonal reservations and camp site locations. 

Beautiful Landscape


Read through how we plan to treat the lake for it to be safe for public use. 

Summer Fun


Sandy Beach is one of Bantam Lake's most popular swimming spot. Please click below to read more about where you can find it and what the current conditions are.



Interested in Sailing? Bantam Lake Yacht Club offers sailing lessons for spring summer and fall lake activities. Learn safe boating habits with a group of experienced sailors. 

Snow Tubing

Winter Activities

Learn how to stay safe on the lake during the winter months.  Ice fishing, campfires, and other winter activities are available. 

Fishing Time


Fishing is  popular activity on Bantam Lake. Please be aware of all CT fishing regulaitons before you send your boat out on the lake. Click the link below to learn more. 

Hiking with Poles


All of the trail maps are located through White Memorial. You can view detailed maps by downloading them or purchase large fold out versions online or at the museum. 

Father and Daughter

White Memorial

White Memorial partners with Bantam Lake for a lot of outdoor activities. Check out their site below.

Water Sports & Sailing

Water sport enthusiasts on Bantam Lake enjoy a diversity of activities, including paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, sailing, jet skiing, and all manner of towing sports permissible by the Connecticut Department of Energy  & Environmental Protection (CT DEEP) regulations.  Please note regulations specific to Bantam Lake  that include no motors between 11 P.M. and 5 A.M., a 6 mph speed limit in Nick’s Cove, and no towing sports within 150 feet of shore.  Also, please be aware of the new CT waterskiing, (towing sport), license requirements.


Trailer boaters may launch at the State Launch on Rt 209 or at White Memorial Campground on North Shore Road. (See Boat Launches) Car toppers may be put in at the State launch, or put in on the river at the bridge on North Shore Road, or at the bridge on Alain White Road.


Bantam Lake is home to the Litchfield Hills rowing club, The Bantam Lake Yacht Club and The Bantam Lake Ski Club.

Swimming Areas

Sandy Beach is a popular beach that is the only beach open to the general public on Bantam Lake. It is located on East Shore Road in Morris CT.  There is a shaded picnic area, concession stand and lifeguards on duty during summer hours.  

Please note there is an entrance fee for visitors. Visit the Sandy Beach website for more information. Or click below for directions. 


Fishing is an active pastime on Bantam Lake.  Both large and small mouth bass, calico bass, pickerel, white and yellow perch and plenty of sun fish and bullhead are regularly caught in Bantam Lake.  Additionally, The DEEP supports a northern pike population and teases that a record pike, locally known as “Bantam Bertha”, exists.


For more information please visit the link below. 


The campgrounds located on Bantam Lake are run by the White Memorial Foundation. There are two main sites located on the lake. 

For reservations call the Campground Store at 860.567.0089 

Site 1: Point Folly

Point Folly has 47 camp sites located on a peninsula in Bantam Lake. Please call White Memorial Foundation for reservations, season dates and more information. 

Site 2: Windmill Hill Family Campground

Windmill Hill has 18 sites in the shelter and quiet of pine woods. Windmill Hill is open from memorial Day through Labor Day. Please call White Memorial Foundation for reservations and more information. 

Winter Activities

Ice on the lake brings another set of activities to the lake.  

Ice skating and ice fishing  may be at the top of the list, but ice boating and cross country skiing are enjoyed as much.  Watch ice boating from the White Memorial Campground boat launch.  Public access to the lake can be attained along Route 209, at the marinas, and from the Point Folly parking lot on East Shore Road.  Use designated parking areas.  Do not park roadside


Please do not litter.  All fires on the lake must be contained and fire debris, ash, embers, etc. must be safely and properly discarded off the ice.

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