Vermont is often showcased for its stunning mountains and the incredible views from the summits but those of us who live here know that the Green Mountain State is so more than just peaks and valleys. We also have striking waterfalls and beautiful lakes. If you love water and natural scenery, these Vermont lakes are the best places to take advantage of both!
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1. Lake Champlain
Lake Champlain is not just the biggest in the state, it's the sixth largest freshwater body in the nation. Being so large, you'll discover a number of state parks along the shoreline. Kayak, swim, fish, take a boat tour, and more to enjoy this huge natural wonder.
2. Lake Willoughby
Lake Willoughby is home to majestic scenery and from the northern shoreline, you can soak in the astounding views of Mount Pisgah and Mount Ho. The glacial lake is one of the clearest in Vermont and with a depth of 183 feet, it freezes later in the season than many others.
3. Lake Saint Catherine
Lake Saint Catherine's wonderfully clean water makes it a popular spot for recreation. Swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, water skiing, and boating are fun ways to enjoy the lake. The state park right on the lake shore has campsites for those looking to extend their stay.
4. Lake Bomoseen
As the largest freshwater lake located entirely within the state's boundaries, Lake Bomoseen is a summertime hotspot. Water skiing, windsurfing, swimming, fishing, boating, and scuba diving are a few of the activities to enjoy on this expansive lake. The state park has a delightful campground for those looking to create a vacation out of their visit.
5. Lake Memphremagog
We share the breathtaking Lake Memphremagog with our Canadian neighbors to the north. Prouty beach is a great place to swim, picnic, and fish while also offering 75 campsites for the adventure lover.
6. Lake Dunmore
Branbury State Park and Moosalamoo National Recreation Area occupy the entire eastern shore of Lake Dunmore making it a natural treasure. Take to the trails for a sublime aerial view of the lake or head to the state park beach for all the water activities you love.
7. Lake Carmi
Lake Carmi's shallow waters are a fisherman's dream when it comes to landing northern pike and walleye. The state park on the southern shore allows visitors to swim, boat, fish, hike, and camp.
8. Lake Elmore
Lake Elmore and its mountain are so scenic that this place has earned the nickname, "The Beauty Spot of Vermont". Climb a mountain and enjoy the beach all in one day at this picturesque location. The state park on the north end of the lake is a popular locale for swimming, boating, camping, hiking, and other recreational activities.
9. Crystal Lake
Anglers love trolling the waters of Crystal Lake for a variety of fish including lake trout, rainbow trout, smallmouth bass, pumpkinseed, yellow perch, and rock bass. The state park on the north shoreline has incredible facilities for grilling, picnicking, swimming, kayaking, and canoeing.
10. Caspian Lake
The calm waters of Caspian Lake provide a wonderful spot for sailing, waterskiing, and swimming. Sunsets are a special treat on this serene lake where each moment seems like a calendar picture.
11. Silver Lake
Anglers head to Silver Lake year-round for its fabulous fishing. Warmer weather sends visitors to the state park on the northern shore. Swimming, canoeing, and kayaking are prime ways to enjoy the water while volleyball, horseshoes, and a playground for the kids offer a break from the lake.
12. Griffith Lake
Griffith Lake gives hikers of the Appalachian and Long Trails a welcome respite. The small lake is located entirely within the Green Mountain National Forest. To reach this gem you'll have to hike to the water's edge along the Griffith Lake Trail.
13. Maidstone Lake
Formed by melting glaciers, this remote lake is a place where peace and quiet meet magnificent beauty. Maidstone Lake and its state park on the eastern shore offer swimming, kayaking, canoeing, and fishing as well as a wooded campsite.
Which Vermont lakes are your favorites to visit? If you feel more at home in the middle of the woods rather than on the water, hike through this
ancient forest that is home to 400-year-old trees.