Lake Willoughby - Westmore, Vermont
Willoughby State Forest includes over 7000 gorgeous acres in northern Vermont. Lake Willoughby offers over 1600 acres containing rainbow trout, lake trout, brown trout, landlocked salmon and yellow perch. The South Trail is well known, offering sweeping views from Mt. Pisgah over to Mt. Hor and beyond. Viewing the nesting peregrine falcons and alpine plant life is enjoyed along the Willoughby Cliffs. Vermont foliage season offers spectacular colors from the tops of Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Hor hiking trails.
History - Lake Willoughby snakes through the state forest offering a variety of fishing, boating and hiking opportunities. Many great fishing ponds including Newark Pond and Bald Hill Pond are just east of the Forest while Crystal Lake and Crystal Lake State Park are located just west of the Forest. Natural areas are located within the State Forest including Willoughby Cliffs Natural Area. The vertical cliffs of Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Hor which provide an environment conducive for arctic and cliff-alpine plants. The sheer cliffs also offer natural nesting habitat for peregrine falcon. Marl Pond is also known for being surrounded by a beautiful white cedar swamp. Read about the historic Boulders dance casino and Tea Room which was a major area attraction during its heyday.
Things to do
Boating, hunting, fishing, hiking and swimming are a few activities enjoyed in the Willoughby State Forest. Fishing opportunities are popular in the 1,653 acre Lake Willoughby. The lake is a wonderful example of glacial scouring in the Northeast. It is the deepest lake in the state with depths in excess of 300 feet. The lake is listed as a National Natural Landmark with catches that include rainbow trout, lake trout, brown trout, landlocked salmon and yellow perch.
Winter daytime temperatures in the lower half of the Northeast Kingdom region averages 14 to 16 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -9 Celsius). The upper half of this region experiences winter temperatures ranging below 14 degrees Fahrenheit (below -10 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures are cooler along the western area of Lake Champlain averaging 66 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 21 Celsius). The central area of this region expects temperatures from 66 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 20 Celsius) with the eastern area of this region experiencing the coolest summer time temperatures of less than 66 degrees Fahrenheit (below 19 Celsius). The yearly precipitation for Lakes and Kingdom Travel Region vary from less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the western line to more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) along the eastern border of New Hampshire and Canada.
From West Burke travel north on SR 5A. Lake Willoughby cuts down into the State Forest.