Current Water level: 195.5' (Updated 09/22/21 10:42 pm)

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Heartbreaking News: Jeff Tinley

September 08, 2021

Dear Friends of the Lake:

With heavy hearts and tears in our eyes we inform you of the passing of Jeff Tinley. A great friend, Friends of the Lake board member and tremendous human being, “JT” was a man of exceptional character and intellect. Though soft-spoken, he had the ability to light up a room with his grin and guide a conversation with his brilliance. He was a founding member of Friends of the Lake. His legal expertise and belief in our mission helped us navigate the many legal and political challenges we’ve faced, giving our small organization a larger voice and commanding presence. He will be sorely missed but always remembered! We know you all join us in sending love and prayers to his wife Mary and his family during this most difficult time.

A memorial service will be held at the Sacred Heart Church in Southbury this Friday, September 10th, at 11AM. His family is planning a reception at the Scatacook Shores Beach from 12:30 to 3pm.

We encourage all who are willing and able to join in a boat gathering at 2pm in front of Scatacook Shores to honor our dear friend, and a true FOTL hero, during the reception.

Please visit the following link to see a wonderful tribute in honor of JT:

DEEP and DPH Advise Against Swimming or Other Water Contact Recreation Over Next 48 Hours Due to Storm Ida’s Impact

September 02, 2021

(HARTFORD)— Given the significant rainfall that has occurred due to Storm Ida, many areas across the state have experienced discharges of untreated sewage. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) and the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) are advising against direct contact with surface water in areas in close proximity to drainage pipes statewide, particularly in urban areas such as Bridgeport, Hartford, Waterbury, Middletown, Meriden, Wallingford, Stamford, Norwalk, Norwich, and the greater New Haven area within 48 hours of the end of the rainfall in Connecticut’s streams and rivers. Residents are advised not to swim, fish, or utilize paddlecraft in these areas.

Regarding DEEP designated swim areas, DEEP tested water quality at state park swim areas on Monday and Tuesday of this week. For the latest water quality report, please refer to the State Swimming Area Water Quality Report. These test results are the most current, though with the significant amount of rainfall from Storm Ida, DEEP and DPH remind residents that heavy rain events such as this may cause water quality to degrade due to stormwater runoff and combined sewer overflows.

Additionally, water levels around the state are very high, with the possibility of strong currents and hazardous debris present in rivers and streams. DEEP advises anyone considering getting on or in rivers and streams to wait until water levels go down. Anyone who is considering water-based recreation in or around moving water should use extreme caution.

Lowering Lake Lillinonah due to Hurricane Henri and forecasted river flows

August 20, 2021

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

Due to forecasted high river flows, We are lowering Lake Lillinonah starting tomorrow morning. The approximate pond level the lake will be taken to will be 192.0. This is 3.5 feet below our normal low operating level and will be held there until high river flows subside.

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.

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