The Bantam Lake Yacht Club, founded in 1933, looks out over a sprawling green lawn at the South Bay of Bantam Lake just south of Litchfield in North Western Connecticut. For almost 100 years, families have enjoyed this close community in which to race small sailboats, socialize, and relax. We race every Sunday afternoon, generally in a mixed fleet, very low-key, with no protests. We also run "around the lake" race July 4th and the French Cup Race over Labor Day. In addition, an organized Sunfish regatta is also held each season.
Members keep their boats on yacht club grounds and launch from the beach or from the dock-mounted lift. The club also owns several small sailboats for members and their guests, and sailing instruction is available for juniors ( 9 - 18) and adults.
Water sport enthusiasts on Bantam Lake enjoy a diversity of activities, including paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, rowing, sailing, jet skiing, and all manner of towing sports permissible by Ct. DEEP regulations. Please note regulations specific to Bantam Lake that include no motors between 11 P.M. and 5 A.M., a 6 mph speed limit in Nick’s Cove, and no towing sports within 150 feet of shore. Also, please be aware of the new CT waterskiing, (towing sport), license requirements.
Trailer boaters may launch at the State Launch on Rt 209 or at White Memorial Campground on North Shore Road. (See Boat Launches) Car toppers may be put in at the State launch, or put in on the river at the bridge on North Shore Road, or at the bridge on Alain White Road.
The Bantam Lake
This is a good lake for water skiing, but it can get very choppy due to strong winds and boat wakes, especially on weekends.
The Bantam Lake Ski Club is a very active and recognized organization that maintains a slalom course and jump for its members and
puts on an impressive ski show every August. New members are always welcome.
The Litchfield Hills Rowing Club was founded in 1978 to promote the sport of rowing for residents of the Litchfield, Connecticut area. Through it’s sponsorship of middle school, high school and masters programs, the club is dedicated to making the sport of rowing available to all individuals who have the desire to participate.