Welcome to the Vermont Living Beach & Swimming Guide – an easy to use guide to the best beaches, swimming holes, rivers, lakes, state parks, and public pools in Vermont. The beautiful Northeast Kingdom experiences a short, sweet summer swimming season. The region features some pristine spring fed lakes and ponds. Some of the gems include; Crystal Lake in Barton, Harvey’s Lake, and and beaches on each end of Lake Willoughby. Lake Memphremagog’s Prouty Beach is a great place for a swim and a picnic. Discover the best public beaches, indoor pools and secret swimming spots, or swimin’ holes as some would say. To share your Vermont business with us, please contact us. Learn more about advertising in VTLiving.
Northeast Kingdom VT Beaches
Brighton State Park
Island Pond, VT 05846
Ph. 800-658-6934; Summer 802-723-4360; Winter 802-476-0181
– Situated on Island Pond and Spectacle Pond, the Park offers picnicking, camping, showers, swimming, bathhouse, boat rentals, hiking trails, and great fishing.
Crystal Lake State Park
Barton, VT 05822 Ph. 800-658-6934; Summer 802-525-6205; Winter 802-479-4280
– Nearly a mile of sandy shoreline with a marked swimming area, picnic tables, bathhouse, boating, and refreshments.
Harvey’s Lake Park
West Barnet, VT
– Nearly a quarter mile of sandy beach with a marked swimming area, lifeguard, picnic tables, bathhouse, and vending machine refreshments.
– Nearly a quarter mile of sandy beach with a marked swimming area, lifeguard, picnic tables, bathhouse.
Groton State Forest
Groton, VT 05046
– This 26,175 acre State Forest comprises seven distinct State Parks offering picnicking, camping, showers, bathhouses, boating, refreshments, nature and foot trails, miles of hiking trails, and excellent fishing. The following Parks also offer swimming beaches:
Boulder Beach State Park
Groton, VT 05046 Ph. Summer 802-584-3823; Winter 802-479-4280
– 75 shaded picnic sites with tables and hibachis, flush toilets, 200′ beach with swimming area, and shelter for group gatherings.
Kettle Pond Group Camping Area
Marshfield, VT 05658
Ph. Summer 802-426-3042; Winter 802-479-4280
– Campground has toilets, hand pump well, and swimming area.
Ricker Pond State Park
Groton, VT 05046
Ph. Summer 802-584-3821; Winter 802-885-8891
– Campground has restrooms with showers, swimming beach, and group shelter.
Stillwater Sate Park
Groton, VT 05046
Ph. Summer 802-584-3822; Winter 802-479-4280
– Campground has restrooms, showers, swimming beach, dock, play area, and group shelter.
Lake Willoughby – Willoughby State Forest
Westmore, VT 05860
Ph. 800-658-6934; Days 802-525-6939
– Nestled between Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Hor, Lake Willoughby is considered by many to be the most beautiful lake in Vermont, reminiscent of a Norwegian fjord and referred to as ‘the Lucerne of America.’ At a depth of 312′ it is a favorite of divers, and also offers public beaches at the north and south ends with restrooms, excellent boating and fishing, quaint shops, lodgings and restaurants lining the shore. Admissions charged. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maidstone State Park
Guildhall, VT 05905
Ph. 800-658-6934; Summer 802-676-3930; Winter 802-4280
– The most remote of Vermont’s State Parks and still retains much of the wilderness character associated with the Northeast Kingdom. With two campgrounds, hiking trails, play area, two swimming beaches, picnic shelter, bathhouse, rest rooms, boat rentals, and excellent trout fishing.
Morgan, VT 05853
– A clean and beautiful Vermont lake surrounded by hills and mountains. This lake is a favorite of fisherman and offers excellent trout and landlocked salmon fishing, also offers a clean public beach with free parking at the north end of the lake. Excellent boating and public boat launch, antiques, and restaurants lining the shore.