Water, water, everywhere. For boating, relaxing
Lake: Wilde Lake is a 22-acre
man-made lake built by the Columbia Association
in 1967. The site was originally a low-lying
meadow of rough grass featuring a small stream.
The lake depth ranges from 13 feet at the
back of the dam to nearly 8 feet in the lake's
center. The dam stands 15 feet high and 200
feet wide with the dam face constructed of
four poured concrete steps, embedded with logs
to achieve heightened beauty of the cascading
water. Wilde Lake flows downstream into Lake
Kittamaqundi. The path around Wilde Lake is
1.46 miles. The dedication plaque for Wilde
Lake and the Village of Wilde Lake is on a large
rock at the northern edge of the lake. The inscription
reads, "This lake and this village are named
for Frazar Bullard Wilde, Chairman of the
Board, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company,
1960-66, whose wisdom, foresight and strong
support made Columbia possible. June 21,
Lake Elkhorn: This 37-acre lake, in the village
of Owen Brown, was built by the Columbia Association
in 1974 with a watershed of about 2,500 acres.
The lake depth averages 8 feet and is 15 feet
at its deepest point. The path around Lake Elkhorn
is 2 miles. The lake is stocked with trout each
spring. A convenient boat dock allows for quiet
relaxation on the lake. Lake Elkhorn features
a picnic pavilion in its surrounding 23-acre park.
Kittamaqundi: Lake Kittamaqundi, in
Town Center, is a 27-acre man-made lake.
Its name, taken from the first recorded Native
American settlement in Howard County, means
"meeting place." With a maximum depth of 7 feet,
the lake features a boathouse with a wooden
pier and a launching ramp along its western
shore. Nomanizan Island, located in Lake Kittamaqundi,
can be reached by boat and is a popular gathering
spot for many summer festivals including
the Fourth of July fireworks.
Pond: The 2-acre Jackson Pond is located
in Phelps Luck in the Village of Long Reach.
Boat Registration: Experiencing
Columbia's lakes by boat is an ideal way to
relax and have fun. All boats launched in any
of Columbia's bodies of water must have a permit
to do so. Permits are free of charge and expire
at the end of each year. No motorized watercrafts are allowed.
rules and regulations
permit registration form
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