Notice from the
Candlewood Lake Authority
FirstLight Power to Temporarily Close Candlewood Lake Islands Due to Covid-19 Concerns
New Milford, Connecticut, July 29, 2020 – At the request of local public officials FirstLight will temporarily close access to all islands owned by the company on Candlewood Lake, effective August 1, 2020, to ensure social distancing and prevent the spread of COVID-19. This necessary action follows reports of gatherings of large groups of people, sometimes numbering in the hundreds, without proper social distancing and other precautions taken to stop the spread of COVID-19. FirstLight will reopen the islands for public access as soon as it is safe to do. We regret this inconvenience, but we are committed to keeping lake visitors safe and to supporting all of Connecticut’s efforts to reverse the COVID-19 pandemic.
The islands that will be temporarily closed include Sand Island, Blueberry Island, Skeleton Island, Skull Island, Oak Island, Green Island, Deer Island, Cedar Island, City Island, and 2 unnamed islands off of Dike Point Park.
The CLA asks that all boaters do the following:
1. STAY OFF THE ISLANDS AS REQUESTED BY FIRSTLIGHT AND THE TOWNS
2. KEEP YOUR MUSIC AND NOISE TO A REASONABLE LEVEL
3. FOLLOW ALL STATE BOATING LAWS (SPEED LIMITS, SAFETY EQUIPMENT, ETC)