What to do in Willoughby State Forest

Willoughby State Forest encompasses 7,300 acres in the northern area of Vermont. Lake Willoughby boasts 1,653 acres plentiful with 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.

Willoughby State Forest encompasses 7,300 acres in the northern area of Vermont several miles south of the Canadian border. Lake Willoughby slices the state forest offering an array of fishing, boating and hiking opportunities. Several good 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. Several natural areas are located within the State Forest including Willoughby Cliffs Natural Area. It features vertical cliffs of Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Hor which provides an environment conducive for arctic and cliff-alpine plants. The sheer cliffs also offer favorable nesting habitat for peregrine falcon. The other natural area is Marl Pond and Swamp whose bottom is rich with calcium and magnesium carbonate deposits. These deposits were once extracted and used as fertilizer. The pond is also known for being surrounded by a beautiful white cedar swamp.

Recreation
Boating, hunting, fishing, hiking and swimming are enjoyed in the Willoughby State Forest. Fishing opportunities abound in the 1,653 acre Lake Willoughby. The lake holds the reputation of being a wonderful example of glacial scouring in the Northeast and being 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.

Location
From West Burke travel north on SR 5A. Lake Willoughby cuts down into the State Forest.

Climate
Winter daytime temperatures in the lower half of the Lakes / 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.

Address
103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-0601

Phone: 802-241-3670

Email: parks@fpr.anr.state.vt.us
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