Magical doesn’t even begin to describe the lakes we have here in Vermont. Surrounded by mountains and showcasing spectacular sunrises and sunsets, these bodies of water are tranquil and calming. However, the times between dawn and dusk bring these lakes alive with boating, fishing, swimming and much more. If you enjoyed our first article about
beautiful lakes in Vermont, then you’re going to love this. Happy Vermonting!
1. Lake Bomoseen, Castleton
Lake Bomoseen is the largest lake that lies entirely within the state's boundaries, with a surface area of approximately 2,400 acres. The lake has such recreational accommodations as a public beach, marinas, and public boat launches, in addition to the Bomoseen State Park.
2. Lake Carmi, Franklin
This small and relatively shallow lake located in the town of Franklin, in the northwest corner of Vermont. Lake Carmi was once much larger. In the thousands of years since the last ice age, the southern end of the original lake has silted in, creating wetland forests and the third largest peat bog in Vermont.
3. Lake Dunmore, Salisbury and Leicester
This freshwater lake in Addison County is over 3 miles long and one mile wide. Branbury State Park occupies 69 acres of the eastern shore and offers a sandy beach, canoe rentals, and campsites.
4. Echo Lake, Charlston
Echo Lake, located in Orleans County in the NEK, is one of only two deep, cold, and oligotrophic lakes in the Clyde River system. It is an excellent spot for fishing with a large population of rainbow trout, lake trout, yellow perch, smallmouth bass and burbot.
5. Griffith Lake, Peru and Mount Tabor
Griffith Lake is a small lake and campsite located in the Green Mountain National Forest. The site lies on the Long Trail/Appalachian Trail. The area is maintained by the Green Mountain Club and has an on-site caretaker to maintain the tent sites, outhouse, composting toilets, and trails during the peak season.
6. Lake Rescue, Ludlow
This beautiful scenery here is abound. Pictured is Lake Rescue and horseshoe dam looking north from Red Bridge in Ludlow. The lake is used year-round predominantly by the residents of the approximately 110 lakeside homes and camps who enjoy swimming, waterskiing, fishing, sailing in summer and ice-fishing, skating, and snowmobiling in winter. Although no public swimming beaches exist, the lake does have a state maintained public fishing access point where boats can be launched.
7. Lake Saint Catherine, Wells and Poultney
This gorgeous 852-acre body of water located in Rutland County, is located in the Lake St. Catherine State Park. No one knows for sure how Lake St. Catherine got its name, as the early settlers referred to the area simply as Wells Pond or Lake Austin.
8. Lake Willoughby, Westmore
Lake Willoughby in Orleans County is a glacial lake over 320 feet deep in places, the deepest lake entirely contained in Vermont and second to only Lake Champlain whose deepest point reaches 400 feet.
The lake's southern end is surrounded by the Willoughby State Forest.
9. Lake Champlain, Burlington
There is so much to say and see on
, but let's talk about it's legendary lake monster, Champ. In 1609, Samuel de Champlain wrote that he saw a lake monster five feet long, as thick as a man's thigh, with silver-gray scales a dagger could not penetrate. The alleged monster had 2.5-foot jaws with sharp and dangerous teeth. Native Americans claimed to have seen similar monsters 8 to 10 feet. This mysterious creature is likely the original Lake Champlain monster. Champ has been memorialized in Vermont sports team names, mascots and much more.