Daytrip Destination: Minnie Island, CT

The aptly named Minnie Island State Park is a tiny spot of land shared by the towns of Salem and Montville at the southern end of 529-acre Gardner Lake in eastern Connecticut.

The densely wooded island is accessible only via boat, and offers opportunities for picnicking and general exploration. The island has a steep shoreline with outcropped ledges, which makes for tricky access. There are no facilities on the island.

Boaters can access Gardner Lake by launching at the ramp off Old Colchester Road at Gardner Lake State Park, just southwest of the island. The launch facility offers a tie-up float and plenty of parking.

Gardner Lake itself is a popular boating destination, and offers excellent fishing for bass, pickerel, trout, walleye and yellow perch. The lake has an average depth of 14 feet and a maximum depth of 36 feet.

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