Lake Chaffe

Lake Chaffee was formed from a small pond and surrounding swamp when an earthen dam/levee was installed sometime prior to 1934. The community is comprised of about 700 lots and presently fewer than 260 Lake Chaffee property owners.

  • The best kept secret in Connecticut
    A private lake community.
  • 54 Acres and 8,400 feet of shoreline
    856 feet above sea level
    A mean depth of 6 feet.

Latest News

Message from the Board

The next regular meeting of the LCIA Board will be held on Wednesday, June 12th at 6:30PM in Chaffee Hall. Please feel free to come and bring any issues or concerns to the attention of the board members during the Public Comments section of the meeting. Once the agenda for the meeting is finalized it will be available at this link.

Due to the wet spring we are having, we will have to wait a bit longer for the playscape installation. Some alterations will need to be made to the site because of the water table in that area. We are still hoping to have this project completed for the summer.

Road and septic improvement plans are still in the works. If all goes well we should have movement on these projects, or more concrete information by the June membership meeting.

Please check below and mark your calendars for the three summer meetings where it is vital that there be enough attendance to conduct important business affecting the Lake Chaffee Community. Approval of the budget, election of board members, and a vote on lowering the lake are only a few of the matters handled during these meetings. They are also an opportunity for members to express opinions and concerns, to find ways to become involved, and to get to know neighbors or see old friends after the winter months.

Welcome to any new owners and residents! There have been several homes changing hands in the past 6 months and it is always nice to get to meet new people. In addition to this site, we recommend that anyone who is active on Facebook (Meta) join the Lake Chaffee Community site to stay in touch with neighbors and informed about things happening around the lake. The Ashford Connecticut Community Connections page is also very informative about the town in general.

Just a reminder that during the July LCIA Membership meeting we will be holding elections for the LCIA Board of Directors (BOD). All board members are volunteers who have a desire to help maintain and improve our community. All BOD positions are unpaid.

Each year we elect all Board Officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) , two regular board members and three alternates. Although incumbents might choose to run again, nominations will be open for residents who would be interested in joining the board as an officer, a regular or alternate . This year, our current Treasurer will not be running again, consequently, we are certain that we will need someone to step into that key role.

All officers (President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer) serve for a one year term as do alternate Board members. Regular Board members serve for a three year term.

In addition, there are several chairperson positions which will need to be filled, including but not necessarily limited to Beach, Dam, and Road Chairs. Chairpersons are not elected by open election but are appointed by the Board. Additional committee members are also needed to assist the chairs.

The LCIA Board members would like to encourage anyone who is curious about or interested in any of these roles to attend one of our upcoming meetings to learn more, and talk to the current board members.

If at any time you have questions about what is acceptable here at Lake Chaffee, you may refer to the Ordinances here on this site, or contact one of the Board Members. These regulations have been created by the board and voted on by members at the time of their implimentation. They are in place to keep Lake Chaffee a safe and enjoyable place for all.

State of the Lake

With warming weather comes the return of our feathered friends. We are seeing many migrating birds such as the various mergansers and mallards, along with the geese who like to stick around throughout the warmer months. The Board will be monitoring the goose population and will take the necessary steps to prevent an over abundance of these residents. As in the past, we hope to continue to see the eagles, great blue herons and osprey who come here to feed.

As always, we will be monitoring the water quality of the lake with money already appropriated for water testing to be done in June, July and August.

Upcoming Things to Do at the Lake


Summer Kick-off Picnic - June 23rd, immediately following the Membership Meeting, details to follow

Poker Run - July 21st, details to follow
ANNUAL Membership Meetings – Please join us at the hall
June - Sunday June 23rd @ 11am
July - Sunday July 21st @ 11am
August - Sunday August 18th @ 11am

Recurring News of Interest

Monthly LCIA Meetings

The monthly meetings are being held in person at Chaffee hall, however if Covid resurfaces as a threat they may be held virtually via conference calls. For information on how to participate in these meetings click here. If you have topics to discuss please do let the board know ahead and also check the hall bulletin board for information regarding where/how the meeting will be held each month. We do want to hear from you!

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