The next best thing to snow is, quite possibly, melted snow. And from glacial lakes to trout-filled brooks, Northern Vermont does not disappoint. The many wonderful lakes and ponds in the Northeast Kingdom boast a wide range of options for their visitors. From admiring the views on Lake Willoughby to relaxing at Crystal Lake's mile-long beach, there's plenty of room for boaters, divers, swimmers, and sunbathers to have their fun.
Whether it be a preference for scenic slow waters or faster breath-taking rivers and streams, paddlers have their place here too. You can rent canoes or kayaks from area outfitters who can also guide you to the best drop-in spots. Looking for a longer adventure? Island Pond, to our immediate north, is in Section 6 of the Northern Forest Canoe Trail, - a trek that celebrates the old forest trails used by Native Americans.
If you're a fisher, rent a boat and head onto the chilly waters of Crystal Lake and Lake Willoughby that make them perfect for rainbow and lake trout, including Willoughby's 20+ lb lakers. Other Willoughby specials include Atlantic salmon, rainbow smelt, burbot, yellow perch, and the elusive Willy (the area’s own lake monster). And don't forget to visit one of the countless ponds that dot the landscape for some of the best brook trout fishing in the Northeast, including the Passumpsic River at our front door. Whether you prefer fly, cast or bait and bobber fishing, you’ll find what you’re looking for. And if you can’t, local guides will be happy to take you out and show you (almost) all of their secret spots. VT fishing license required ages 15+.