Current Water level: 193.4' (Updated 07/30/21 3:27 am)

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Low Water Alert

July 17, 2021

This message about changing water levels on Lake Lillinonah is brought to you by Lake Lillinonah Authority, Friends of the Lake, and FirstLight Power.

Due to forecasted high river flows, we are lowering Lake Lillinonah starting at 8pm, Friday July 16th. The approximate pond level the lake will be taken to will be 190.0’. This is 5.5’ below our normal low operating level and will be held there until high river flows subside.

High Water Alert (Monday 6/28 - Friday 7/2)

June 23, 2021

​Please see below from First Light Power Resources:

We are planning on attempting our required capability audit on Monday, 6/28/2021 with an alternate date of Tuesday, 6/29/2021. This will require us to slowly raise the elevation of Lake Lillinonah until the date of the audit. If conditions permit then we will conduct the audit on Monday. If not, then it will be Tuesday. Water levels should return to standard opperating levels by Friday July 2nd.

In loving memory of Cort Davies

June 03, 2021

Dear Friends of the Lake:

With great sadness we report the loss of Cort Davies, 43, a life-long Lillinonah lakeside resident in Brookfield. Cort passed away on May 6 due to complications from a rare genetic disorder, having fought hard for several years and through more than twenty operations. His determination, research, strength, grace and compassion for others through his ordeal was an inspiration to all that knew him. He is survived by his parents, Linda Hovhannissian Davies and Kim Davies; his brother Drew, sister and brother-in-law Samantha and Nick Martorano and nephew Dylan, and many uncles, aunts and extended family. We know you join us in wishing the Davies family our love, prayers and condolences.

Cort was an avid hiker and water sports enthusiast. In his honor, the Davies family is arranging a meeting at Lover’s Leap at 5:00PM following services for Cort on Saturday, June 26. The Davies’ family would like to invite our wonderful lake community to join us in a boat parade to help celebrate Cort’s life. Boats will congregate at Lover’s Leap at 5:00PM, join the Davies’ family and friends for a moment of silence, then parade to the Davies’ residence south of the route 133 bridge on the western shore (30 Lillinonah Drive, Brookfield; the 5th house from the northernmost house in that section of homes) for some honking, hooting and hollering…

If you do intend to join the parade, could you please let Scott Conant ( or Barbara Petriccione ( know? The Davies may provide signs for us, and a count of participants would be helpful. Please contact Scott or Barbara with any questions.

Please take a moment to learn more about Cort here: Cort Davies - Bing

We look forward to gathering to honor Cort and support his loving family.

High Water Alert (Friday 5/21 - Friday 5/28)

May 20, 2021

​Below is a message from Firstlight Power Resources & The LLA:

In an effort to mitigate the effect of woody debris on Lake Lillinonah during the recreational boating season, including the effect of the annual required Summer CCA at the Shepaug station (which usually takes place in June), FirstLight Power will be slowly raising the water surface elevation beginning on Friday, May 21st to reach approximately 198.8ft on Monday, May 24th. The elevation will vary from May 24th to May 26th while the debris is removed. We will return to normal operations on Friday, May 28th (the start of Memorial Day weekend).

2021 Friends of the Lake Newsletter

April 05, 2021

We have now faced over a year of living with the Covid-19 pandemic together. There is light at the end of this long dark tunnel - thanks to the rollout of vaccines and all the hard work and dedication of our health care providers, first responders and front-line workers. This has been a world-changing event which will bring new challenges to our lives as we work our way forward.

We are grateful that you, the members of Friends of the Lake, were so supportive last year, even though our events had to be cancelled or altered and our anniversary party delivered via Zoom. With any luck, we will soon be able to gather again to strengthen our friendships and together, help this beautiful lake.

An unanticipated side effect of the pandemic was a large increase in boat traffic of all kinds on the lake last summer. Where we once saw a small group or two of kayakers, it seemed like herds of them went by daily… weather permitting. The number of pontoon and other pleasure boats also seemed to increase dramatically. We believe that this trend will continue; it was only a matter of time before the beauty and fun of Lake Lillinonah was to be discovered. We must all continue to be considerate of each other out there – please be aware of your wakes, your noise, and the safety and enjoyment of others.

We are also aware that we have many neighbors who are new to the lake; welcome! For those who have become members, thank you. If you have new neighbors who may be unaware of FOTL, please pass along our newsletter to let them know what we are up to. They can sign up easily online at

We are pleased to present this year’s newsletter; thanks to your membership, much work continues in support of this great resource. As always, let us know if you have any questions or comments, or would like us to tackle any issues you find to be important and helpful to our lake.

Click here for the 2021 Newsletter

2020 Lake Drawdown - November 2nd to November 13th

September 25, 2020

Lake Lillinonah - Beginning on November 2, 2020 FirstLight will conduct a drawdown of Lake Lillinonah at the Shepaug Dam to conduct its maintenance and inspection activities. The normal summer operating range of the station is from 200’-195.5’ and the drawdown will target an estimated elevation of 191’. The drawdown will lower lake levels to minimum pond levels and return to normal operating elevations on November 13th, 2020. All homeowners are also urged to remove structures, boatlifts, and docks from Lake Lillinonah to prevent ice or flood damage from occurring during the winter months. Any and all work planned to occur along the shoreline requires prior permitting from FirstLight.

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