When it comes to lakes in Vermont, Lake Champlain pretty much reigns supreme. It gets a lot of attention when it comes to day trips and coastal fun, but there are plenty of other awesome lakes and ponds in the state to explore. You can stop googling “clearest lakes near me” because Lake Whitingham has gorgeously blue water and lots to do.

Have you been to Lake Whitingham in Vermont? Know of any other awesome swimming holes in Vermont? We’d love to hear your thoughts. And if you love visiting Vermont’s lakes, check out our guide to 13 of the best lakes in Vermont.


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What are some other beautiful lakes to visit in Vermont?

Vermont has no shortage of inviting lake shores, such as:

  • Lake Willoughby, which is a glacial lake with crystal clear waters. It reaches depths of 320 feet and is the deepest lake entirely contained within Vermont’s borders. It’s a popular spot for fishing, boating, and swimming – although you may be shivering when you get out of the glacier-fed water.
  • Lake St. Catherine is another extremely clear lake in Vermont, located within Lake St. Catherine State Park in Rutland County.
  • Emerald Lake, located at Emerald Lake State Park, is named for the beautiful green hue of its water when viewed from above.
  • And of course, there’s the famous Lake Champlain, with 435 square miles of surface water and a length of 120 miles!


Where can you go swimming in Vermont?

Aside from Vermont’s beautiful lakes, there are lots and lots of old-fashioned swimming holes in Vermont where you can go for a refreshing dip in the summertime. Some of these even feature waterfalls, like


What are some state parks to visit in Vermont?

There are a total of 55 state parks in Vermont, with miles and miles of trails to explore and acres of natural landscapes to enjoy. You have to check out:

  • Quechee State Park, which is home to the Quechee Gorge, sometimes called Vermont’s “Little Grand Canyon." It offers beautiful sweeping views from the Quechee Gorge Bridge.
  • Brighton State Park is a nature lover’s dream, out in the remote wilderness on the shores of Spectacle Pond. The park also features a nature museum, amphitheater, and more, and camping is allowed at Brighton year-round.

To explore more state parks in the Green Mountain State, visit our guide to 15 of the best state parks in Vermont.

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