Lowell Lake
GOOD FOR: All Ages

Source:Outdoors with Kids Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont (AMC Books)
Address:260 Ice House Road, Londonderry, VT
Hours:10 a.m.–sunset
Fee: Free
Bathrooms: None
Water/Snacks: None

USGS Londonderry quad; vtstateparks.com/pdfs/lowell.pdf

Peaceful, flat water; beaver dams; sunning turtles; and islands perfect for exploration and picnics make this a great first family paddle.

The shallow, 102-acre lake will feel manageable and safe for young kids, and the waves never build up except in the most extreme conditions. Explore four of the lake’s five islands and its completely undeveloped shoreline.

The southernmost island is private property, but the rest are open to the public. The state park has transported picnic tables to some of the islands, making for civilized lunch spots. The average depth of the lake is 20 feet, meaning that the water warms up quickly in spring and makes for warm swimming. It is also home to warm-water pond fish such as bass, perch, and pickerel, so bring along your rods! Everyone will be intrigued by the prolific beavers at this lake. There are a couple of large beaver dams on the lake that perfectly showcase the ingenuity of “nature’s engineers”.

A 3.5-mile trail also loops around the lake. It is marked by blue blazes and is mostly flat and very easy, if not a bit wet in spots.

Plan B:

Londonderry is an outdoors paradise with many hiking, swimming and paddling options. Try the nearby Bromley Mountain (Trip 55) or head a little south for a hike at the Pinnacle (Trip 52). The multiple pools of Butter-milk Falls on Buttermilk Falls Road in Ludlow make for a great post-hike swim.

Where to Eat Nearby:

Londonderry has exceptional eating options, including many delis, pizzerias, and higher-end fare as well. Pick up picnic lunch supplies at the farmer’s market. The historic Stone Hearth Inn and Tavern on VT 11 in Chester boasts a cozy fireplace, games of pool or darts, pub dinners, and wellknown chocolate chip cookie sundaes. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at outfitters in Rawsonville and Bondville.


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