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Our Legendary Lakes

There is much to love about living and visiting here in the Heart of the Kingdom, but our legendary lakes are right at the top. Each of these lakes has a wonderful beach as well as great boat access. They are relatively thin on boat traffic. Daily News of Open Water Swimming has selected Lake Memphremagog and Lake Willoughby as two of the great open water swimming venues in all of the Americas (North and South). We pull some big fish out of our lakes (Trout, Salmon, Northern Pike) and host some highly acclaimed fishing derbies (winter and summer). Whether you like to motor boat, kayak, canoe, sail, fish, tube, water ski, swim or just float, our lakes are just the best. Here are the Seven Crown Jewels of the Kingdom:

  1. Lake Memphremagog, The Kingdom's "Great Lake,"  runs 25 miles from Newport, VT to Magog, QC. It is the home of some premier open water swimming events on both ends of the lake as well as summer and winter fishing derbies, sailing regattas, and more.  Oh yes, this lake is home of our very own Lake Creature, Memphre.  Take that, Lock Ness!!!
  2. Lake Willoughby in Westmore is one of the cleanest, most pristine, and majestic lakes in the Americas. Very nice sand beach on the north end. Two beaches on the south end, one requiring a short walk and with, how should we say it, "swimwear optional."
  3. Lake Seymour in Morgan is equally clean and pristine, with a wonderful sandy beach on Route 111.
  4. Island Pond in Brighton is one of our favorites with a great state park with camp sites.
  5. Crystal Lake in Barton has one of the best beaches in the state, with sand and grass, sun and shade, clear water and a wonderful beach house/concession stand.
  6. Caspian Lake in Greensboro offers a friendly beach in close proximity to Willey’s Store which is one of the best small town general stores in Vermont, if we do say so ourselves.
  7. Lake Eligo in Craftsbury has a small beach off of Route 14, just south of the Fishing Access. Nothing fancy. But when you're on the road a lot between Newport and Montpelier, in the summertime, it's our favorite spot to stop, have a beer, and cool off on the ride home.