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

Messages from the Board

At the regular March 13 2023 meeting of Ashford’s Planning and Zoning Commission the commission received an application to amend the text of Article 300-14 (definitions) and article 300-19 (Interstate Interchange Development Zone). That meeting included several hours’ worth of public comments by Ashford residents, who spoke both for and against the approval of these applications.

These applications were made to the P&Z Commission by Campanelli Rodolakis LM Acquisition LLC, and Ashford Realty Trust LLC. And the applications could be considered a forerunner to the applicants’ (or someone else’s) future submission of a proposal to develop property surrounding the previous Ashford Motel property into a “million square foot distribution center“ (Hartford Courant, Monday March 6, 2023).

If Ashford’s P&Z Commission decides to approve the amendments, the effect will be to remove an obstacle to the above development.

Arguments have been made for and against this project, and reasonable people should be willing to listen to both sides before deciding on their position. Once having made their decision, they are entitled to express their ideas to the responsible public officials, in this case, the principle players in Ashford’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

The LCIA Board of Directors heartly endorses this right, and highly encourages our members’ to thusly express their views, whether for or against. The best way to ensure your input is received by the March 13th deadline is via e-mail to the Zoning Enforcement Officer; his name and email appear below.

Michael D’Amato
Zoning Enforcement Officer, Town of Ashford

State of the Lake

Based on the vote at the August member meeting, the lake will not be lowered this fall. Please remember not to blow leaves into the lake. If possible, remove any reachable leaves that gather near the shore. Decomposing leaves add to the sediment in the lake and help to feed the weeds. Your cooperation in this will aid in keeping Lake Chaffee a beautiful and healthy environment for us who reside around it and the creatures who live in it.
For more detail about lake conditions, please go to the Environmental page.

Upcoming Things to Do at the Lake

02/25/2023 - Traditional Barn Dance – Join us at Knowlton Hall on Saturday February 25th from 7 to 10pm - see flyer for details.

ANNUAL Membership Meetings – Please join us at the hall
June - Sunday June 25th @ 11am
July - Sunday July 17th @ 11am
August - Sunday August 20th @ 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!

lake chaffee forecasts