Lake Willoughby

Lake Willoughby, East Burke: Address, Lake Willoughby Reviews: 5/5

Lake Willoughby
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A scenic lake in Vermont that is called "America's Lucerne."
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Sharon Biron
46 contributions
Apr 2020
Adore Lake Willoughby and so will you at any time of the year. Gets 'slightly' crowded in summer, but is wonderful in Spring, Fall, and Winter. The Autumn leaves in red gold and green, the Winter snows and berries turn this into a magical landscape, and Spring seems like a miracle with wild flowers and green shoots peeping up through the melting ice. The lake itself has been the scene of tragic accidents long ago, giving rise to myths and legends. The water is very cold and clear, and there is even the legend of a small sea serpent here as well as the usual retinue of phantoms and ghosts, including that of a rum runner during Prohibition who perished here.
Written October 20, 2020
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Caribchakita
Cape Cod, MA2,333 contributions
Aug 2021
What a pristine setting. The views are breathtaking and the water clarity, clear and beautiful. Depending upon the weather, the water appears to be deep blue, in spots. We hiked all around and particularly loved the Cliff Ledge hike. The sound of song birds and babbling brooks was divine. Pure zen.
Written August 15, 2021
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Michael K
745 contributions
Oct 2021
This is a great location for fall foliage. There are two access points to the lake, viz the North Beach and the South Beach, both offering slightly different but equally spectacular fall colors. Best of all, parking is plentiful with access to portable toilets.
Written October 17, 2021
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Mrbucketlist
Clearwater, FL566 contributions
Feb 2021
WOW. So I went out my way to drive up to this area while in New Hampshire and I'M SO GLAD I DID! Especially with the temperature at -5 degrees and being able to walk on the lake itself it was amazing. I mean take a look at these shots I got with my drone!!! If you in the area definitely check it out!!
Written March 8, 2021
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Neuropage
East Burke, VT7 contributions
Jun 2020
You can totally not feel the pain of exercising outside when you are here . The scenery is out of a film. You’d appreciate nature a bit more , the clear vast amount of water leaves you with euphoria. Do not filter it , the sounds here are awesome . The water falling from the rocks is a nice experience. There are many hidden trails around here for all kinds of activity.
Written June 8, 2020
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Gordon T
3 contributions
Aug 2019
Back around 1998 my friend, Chris, and I decided to take a motorcycle camping trip up to Canada from Massachusetts. Southern VT was so beautiful we decided to push it up I 90 toward the Canadian border. It was August, so it was hot. I'd heard about this lake and the nude swimming spot there from a friend. Upon arrival we parked out bikes and headed down the path to the south end of the lake where the skinny dipping place was. A cool nude dip was just what I wanted after the long ride. Got there at the lake to find just a few people nude sunbathing or swimming. One older fat guy there said he was the 'mayor' of the place. My friend was self conscious so decided to wait back at the bikes. But I just stripped my clothes off and waded in. It was pure cold water and shallow so I had go out a bit to dunk myself. So natural and refreshing! Didn't stay long but felt like a new man when I got back on the bike. Told my friend he missed a chance to feel fresh all over. Went up to the northern end of the beach but it was crowded with families at that beach; not my cup of tea. So we continued up to Stansstead, Quebec (Montreal) to camp out and drink some good Molson beer. It was paradise.
Written January 3, 2020
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Wendy J
15 contributions
May 2022 • Family
None of us wanted to leave, so we’re already making plans for our next trip! Mother Nature certainly knew what she was doing with Lake Willoughby. It’s absolutely a spectacular setting. We enjoyed our 4 days to the fullest, even with one stormy afternoon. The views are breathtaking and the lake itself is pristine. Truly a gem!
Written May 30, 2022
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HunterSoul
Williston, VT32 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
We love visiting this spot at least once a year. Coming down the hill, you wish there was a scenic pull off to take in the majesty of what you see before you from the higher elevation. Do not fret, there is plenty to see from the parking lot at the beach. This lake makes you feel privileged to witness America the Beautiful.
Written July 10, 2020
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GreenMountainMermaid
Montpelier, VT63 contributions
Jul 2014 • Family
Lake Willoughby is called the Lake Luzerne of America. And rightly so. The grandiose views from all sides of this glacial wonder deserve the crown. There is a sweeping public beach that is located on the north shore..a natural beach, shallow, clean and perfect for bathing, albeit the water is colder as it is spring fed. It's the perfect beach for families. But there is a problem.
Seems this beach with it's free parking attracts groups of party animals whose behavior is less than conducive to a relaxed and safe place to spend the day. On our visit, we had to drive around a large group of people with their beer coolers parked right in the road, blocking two way traffic. There is no lifeguard on duty, and being a remote location, few if any visits from police.
This group of about 25 young adults (many of questionable legal age) were obviously very intoxicated, shouting obscenities and vulgar language while chasing each other down the sands, disturbing many, so much so, that most folks gathered up their kids and blankets and had to leave the beach. It was quite hot out, and it seemed unfair and offensive that law abiding folks with their children had to give up their day on the beach to a bunch of hooligans whose actions were dangerous and appalling.
Westmore and the surrounding area is beautiful beyond words, and Lake Willoughby is no exception. It's worth a drive to see this magnificent NEK jewel, but if you are taking your children to the beach for the day, you'd be better off going a few miles west to Crystal Lake in Barton, where the State of Vermont maintains one of the most beautiful and family friendly parks with a stellar beach and facilities that were built during the 1930's, lovingly preserved and pristine.
I hope that Westmore finds some way to curb this problem at their public beach, as over the years it has earned a negative reputation from the locals. Such a shame.
Written July 24, 2014
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NEKVT
Jacksonville, OR60 contributions
Aug 2012 • Couples
Lake Willoughby (which is listed in tripadvisor as being in East Burke, but is actually in Westmore, VT) is a glacier-created, deep lake which is worth at least a detour along VT Route 5A. The north end of the lake (where VT Route 16 comes in Route 5A) has a decent public beach and a good-sized parking area with a toilet. From the north beach you can see down the length of the lake with the cliffs on both sides - great place for photos.

Route 5A runs the length of the lake, and affords some great views of the water the the mountains to the west. About half way down the lake is a trailhead that leads to Mount Pisgah, the cliff/mountain on the east side of the lake. It's a somewhat rigorous hike, but has amazing views at the top (take to side trail to the clifftop). If you don't like to retrace your steps, the trail continues to another trailhead on Route 5A south of the the lake (but be aware that you will be a couple of miles away from your car, if you left it at the other trailhead).

The south end of the lake has a nice campground (mostly trailers), a mooring area for small boats, and a clothing-optional beach (which is reached by taking a short trail from the parking area just south of the lake).

The southern trailhead for Mount Pisgah is a quarter mile or so south of the lake, on the east side of Route 5A. Directly across the road, on the west side, is another trailhead for Mount Hor, which is the cliff on the west side of the lake. This is shorter and not quite a spectacular as the Mount Pisgah hike, but is a good option if you don't have the time or inclination for Pisgah.

If you are in the Northeast Kingdom or traveling through, it is worth the time to get off the interstate and at least drive by this lake.
Written September 9, 2012
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