Every year, the Candlewood Lake Authority conducts a resident boat count, in order to get an accurate picture of how many boats are on the shores of Candlewood Lake. The count includes private residences, community docks and commercial marinas.
The different types of boats are categorized in order to get an understanding of possible trends in what kinds of boats are populating the lake.
There are 283 more boats on the lake this year than there were last year for a total about about 6,500. The number of registered boats is down about two dozen from last year. Unregistered boats are up about 300 from the previous year. Unregistered boats include paddle craft such as kayaks and canoes, plus other boats not requiring a registration.