Lake Life in Southern Vermont
Here in Southern Vermont there are endless ways to enjoy our numerous lakes and rivers. Whether you are looking for a peaceful paddle, a river to cast a line, a swimming hole to cool off, or wide open water to wakeboard we have an option for you.
At 9 miles long Harriman’s Reservoir is the second largest lake in Vermont. All that clear Vermont water is perfect for boating, swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing and more.
Drop your boat in at one of the two boat ramps located in Wilmington. Or if you want to rent a boat there are some great rental options so you can enjoy the lake without any hassle.
Looking for a great spot for swimming & a picnic? Visit the swimming area on Fairview Ave for a dip, lunch, and hike on the Hoot, Toot, and Whistle trail. Or the Mt. Mills West Picnic Area is a perfect location to enjoy the lake view & a barbecue.
For anglers, Harriman’s Reservoir is stocked yearly by the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. As one of the largest lakes it is stocked each spring with some of the most fish you can find anywhere in the state. For 2022, one thousand brook trout will be put in the lake. Fly fishing more your speed? The Deerfield River connecting Harriman’s & Somerset Reservoir will be stocked with an additional 1300 brook trout.
Just 20 minutes from Downtown Wilmington lies the beautiful Somerset Reservoir. Located in the middle of the US National Forest, Somerset Reservoir offers a peaceful escape into the Green Mountains. The drive in on the winding dirt road alongside the Deerfield River is worth the adventure alone!
At 1600 acres this wide open lake is perfect to bring a small sailboat, fishing boats, canoes, or kayaks (Note: Motor boats limited to 10mph). A picnic area near the dam provides tables for a lakeside lunch. Or hike along the shoreline on the East Branch Trail and find a little spot to call your own for the day.
Lake Raponda has a long history as a vacation destination for travelers looking to escape to Vermont. This 116 acre lake is an ideal location for paddler’s to enjoy the serenity of being on the water in such a beautiful setting. Just minutes from downtown Wilmington, a public boat ramp makes it easy to go from car to kayak quickly.