While much of my time is spent in the foothills of Mount Mansfield, I do tend to seek access to the water in our very short summers. Here in Underhill, on the western slope of Mount Mansfield, there are several mountain streams, ponds, and rivers for fishing, paddling, swimming, or just plain cooling off. But, my favorite summer outdoor recreation in Vermont is sailing on and swimming in Lake Champlain.
Lake Champlain touches the boundaries of many of our small Vermont towns and also our largest city, Burlington. The lake is a large body of fresh water, approximately 490 square miles. It is roughly 125 miles long, and 14 miles across at its widest point. The maximum depth is approximately 400 feet. There are numerous public access areas for fishing, boating, and swimming. Vermont State Parks has 16 camping and day use areas on Lake Champlain; 12 are in Vermont and 4 are in New York.
If you’d like to try sailing, there are three sailing centers on Lake Champlain where you can taking lessons: Lake Champlain Yacht Club in Shelburne; International Sailing School in Malletts Bay; and The Community Sailing Center on the Burlington Waterfront.
More Summer Outdoor Recreation in Vermont
For all you landlubbers, there are many walking and hiking trails in the Green Mountains. The Green Mountain Club maintains the 270-mile Long Trail from Massachusetts to Canada. They are the best source for information about hiking on the Long Trail and its connecting side trails. If you want something a little flatter, check out Mobbs Farm in nearby Jericho, Vermont, and Mills Riverside Park on the Underhill/Jericho town line. Both of these are great places to walk dogs.
Even though Vermont is known for its great skiing, there are plenty of opportunites for summer outdoor recreation in Vermont. If you are thinking about moving to the Underhill, Cambridge, Jericho, Jeffersonville, Smugglers’ Notch area, give me a call at 802-858-9193 or email me. I have several listings I’d be happy to show you!