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Harriman Reservoir

Wilmington, VT
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Ranked #1 of 9 Attractions in Wilmington
Type: Bodies of Water
Activities: Sunbathing, Swimming
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Leesburg, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

My wife and I make Harriman Lake an essential stop on our Wilmington stays. We recently spent an entire afternoon reading fiction and watching the sunlight dance on the windblown lake. Both the sun's movement through the sky and the modulation of the breeze made an ever changing view. To add to the beauty was a perpetual motion sky, whose... More

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Wilmington, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

My wife and I took our 10 year old son or for his first time kayaking on Harriman. We launched from the Oxbow which is on Route 9 west. When we launched we stayed to the left and headed up the Deerfield river. Great calm place to learn paddle to with next to no motor boat traffic.

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Stamford, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

we rented a pontoon and cruised around the reservoir for an afternoon. It was fantastic! the water was refreshing and so clear.

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Newport
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Plenty of put-ins, right outside of town (on the road just south of the turnoff to Mt Snow). The lake is really pristine, with only a few houses visible. We were concerned about the currents when we heard about the 1500 cubic ft/secind release of water by the power compant at the dam... but not to worry... in the spring,... More

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Southern Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

Harriman Reservoir is stunning. It's enormous size is hidden behind each turn the reservoir takes. Best swimming ever. Rent a canoe, motor boat, wave runner and explore the shoreline. It's my fav. See you next summer.

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Leesburg, Virginia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Sunsets and storms were magnificent to view. Rocky beaches easily accessed. I took my camera there at different times of the day as the reflection of light off the lake constantly changed the view.

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Wilmington, Vermont
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

This huge reservoir is a hidden gem in the Green Mountains. With no houses or docks on the water and plenty of coves to explore, it has that pristine feel that refreshes and revitalizes in the heat of summer. With only 5 public access points, it's easy to find your private spot. However, the end of summer draw down (for... More

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New England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Located about a mile south of the intersection of Rt 9 and Rt 100, Harriman Reservoir is one of the main attractions in the Deerfield Valley/Mt. Snow region. An eleven mile lake that runs from Wilmington south down to Whitingham, this reservoir is open to the public with many excellent recreational options including hiking along the Catamount Trail, swimming, boating,... More

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CT
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Spent Saturday here with friends and could not have had a more perfect day. The picnic area is large so you don't feel on top of each other. There are plenty of picnic tables and grills to make your own yummy food. The water is clean, just don't go near the boat launch area and the park rangers are very... More

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Burlington, Vermont, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

Go to the southern end where the dam is, and walk across the dam, looking north. Go to the eastern side, midway, to the beach and picnic area on a wonderful overlook of the reservoir. Launch your kayak here, or at the dam. Or launch it at the northern end near Wilmington. (An historic town with wonderful places to eat,... More

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