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Lake Willoughby, East Burke

Categories: Bodies of Water, Nature & Parks
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Lake Willoughby is a lake in the town of Westmore in Orleans County in the northeast section of Vermont, United States. Willoughby is a glacial lake over deep in places, the deepest lake entirely contained in the state and second to only Lake Champlain whose deepest point reaches.The lake's southern end is surrounded by the Willoughby State Forest. This state forest includes Mount Pisgah, Mount Hor, and Bartlett Mountain.HydrologyThe lake is known for its clarity and chilly temperature. Because of its depth, it freezes later than other lakes in the Northeast Kingdom.Willoughby RiverWilloughby River is the outlet from the lake and runs north through Brownington to feed into the Barton River. Prior to the floods of 1927, the river had three dams. All were destroyed by the flood. An iron bridge that ran from Evansville to Brownington Center was destroyed and rebuilt.A dam where the Whetstone Dam had formerly stood, was rebuilt to run a sawmill, which was still in operation in 2008. The state Fish and Game Department bought the dam rights to allow rainbow trout to swim upriver.GeologyLake Willoughby is a southeast trending basin. It was created by glacial action and is over deep in places, making it the deepest lake entirely contained in the state. Lake Willoughby resembles a Norwegian fjord.
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  • Gorgeous, rustic remote area of Northeast Kingdom. Lots of outdoor activities. Beautiful scenic lake surrounded by mountains. 
  • Clear water, easy free kayak accessibility at sandy areas at both ends and at a boat launch mid way .. Great (moderate) hiking with Mount Pisgah on one side and Mount Hor on the other - Pisgah steeper...  read more »
  • The lake was absolutely beautiful. Crystal clear water; the water temperature was quite tolerable. My friend and I kayaked, canoed, fished and swam all week. Our down time was spent just relaxing on t...  read more »
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