The best

for your next getaway

lakes in vermont

Vermont may be a landlocked state, but its beautiful and varied lakes make up for its lack of ocean shores. Here are the best lakes in Vermont for a summer vacation.

Lake Champlain

Lake Champlain is a glittering gem of a lake that delineates the border between Vermont and New York. This massive Vermont Lake is 107 miles long.

Lake Champlain

Here are some spots you won't want to miss: - Button Bay State Park, Ferrisburgh -Burlington - Burton Island, Saint Albans - Lake Champlain Islands

Lake Willoughby

Lake Willoughby was carved by glaciers thousands of years ago. Two steep mountains rise up on either side of it, giving Lake Willoughby the appearance of a Norwegian fjord.


The large, shallow Lake Bomoseen has a surface area of roughly 2,4000 acres in the towns of Castleton and Hubbardton - it's the largest lake entirely within Vermont. 

Emerald Lake

This small lake in Southern Vermont is part of Emerald Lake State Park, a beloved local park in Est Dorest that is considered one of the best swimming lakes in the region.

Lake Memphremagog

This large glacial lake straddles the border between Vermont and Quebec, and totals 687 square miles. It's the third deepest in Vermont and has 21 islands.

Lake Whitingham

Also known as the Harriman Reservoir, this man-made Vermont lake is large enough for serious recreation, but small enough that you can really get to know it.

green river reservoir

The 653-acre Green River Reservoir is part of an undeveloped state park in Hyde Park, Vermont. Choose a canoe-in campsite and get ready to unplug!

Waterbury reservoir

This beautiful 850-acre lake is situated right off of Route 100, near the mountain towns of Waterbury and Stowe. There are two state parks on its shores.

Lake Shaftsbury

Lake Shaftsbury may not be much more than a pond, but this picturesque park is worth exploring in all four seasons from Lake Shaftsbury State Park.

Get all the details for exploring these Vermont Lakes and more!

Keep in Touch!

Vermont Explored is dedicated to providing Vermont travel advice for the adventurous soul!