Recreation - Chestnut Hill Reservoir Information
Chestnut Hill Reservoir is located in the western section of town and covers approximately 65 acres. Also known as Lyman's Pond, it was constructed to control the flow of water into Waterbury's brass mills. This land was part of an early Tunxis Indian hunting ground and many arrowheads have been found here. The land was originally a large swampland called Ash Swamp.
Chestnut Hill Reservoir is a great place to bring a row boat, canoe or kayak. It is a "carry-in only" waterway as defined by the CT Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) which means that no motors of any type are allowed and only watercraft that can be carried by one or two persons are permitted.