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Swimming Outdoors, Tubing & Area Waterfalls

Swimming Outdoors, Tubing & Area Waterfalls

Summer in Vermont is all about natural surroundings. What better way to enjoy nature than to cool off on a hot summer day with a dip in a lake, river or stream? Nothing feels as good as a dip in clear, clean water! Vermont's natural bodies of water & flowing rivers & streams have some of the cleanest, clearest water you'll find. It's cool, refreshing & thoroughly enjoyable. Take some time to enjoy this experience with a relaxing ride on an inner tube down a river or by sitting next to a naturally formed waterfall. It's all here!

Lakes & Reservoirs

Echo Lake
  • Description: Swimming, beach area, boat rentals, picnic tables & grills, playground, volleyball net, concession stand & bath house.
  • Location: Camp Plymouth State Park in Ludlow, VT
  • Contact: (802) 228-2025
Chittenden Dam & Reservoir & Lefferts Pond
  • Description: Swimming, grassy areas, boat launch; several mile shoreline of forest & hiking; islands accessible by boat.
  • Location: Chittenden, VT

Emerald Lake
  • Description: Swimming, beach area, boat rentals, picnic tables & grills, playground, volleyball net, concession stand & bath house.
  • Location: East Dorset, VT
  • Contact: (802) 362-1655
Crystal Beach on Lake Bomoseen
  • Description: Swimming, beach area, boat rentals, pavillion, picnic tables & grills, playground, volleyball net, concession stand & bath house.
  • Location: Bomoseen State Park in Castleton, VT
  • Contact: (802) 265-4242


Rivers & Streams

Quechee Gorge/Ottauquechee River: From Killington, follow Route 4 east through Woodstock into the town of Quechee. Just before the bridge crossing the Quechee Gorge, you will see signs for the Quechee Gorge State Park. Park in the large paved parking areas & follow the path under the bridge & down the hill to the large swimming area in the river. The water is very clear & fun to swim in - though very cold!

White River: Head north on Route 100 North to the fork where Route 107 goes to the east just south of Stockbridge. Take route 107 towards Gaysville. In about 3 miles, take a sharp left onto Blackmer Blvd (this road goes to Stockbridge). In a very short distance, where Blackmer Blvd crosses the White River, swim beneath the bridge.  This is also a "put-in" place for tubing to the "Twin Bridges" in Gaysville.

White River 2: Continue east on Route 107, turning right to keep on Route 107 in Bethel. Continue on Route 107, past I-89 to Route 14 in South Royalton & Sharon. Route 14 parallels the White River & there are a number of swimming holes along here.

Twin Bridges: Head north on Route 100 to the fork where Route 107 goes to the east just south of Stockbridge. Continue east on Route 107. Go 3.6 Miles past the "White River Fish Hatchery" sign on the left then turn north (left) off Route 107 onto Bridge Street.  The swimming place is next to the post office on the large sloping rocks on the left before you get to the steel trestle bridge. Good jumping & swimming (check depth before jumping). Also good tubing location - the tubing "put-in" is at the White River hole, above.

The Tower: This area may also be known as Dean's Hill by some. Follow the direction to Twin Bridges above, but continue accross the steel bridge. Take a left after the bridge & follow Laury Road approximately 0.5 miles to a dirt road that leads downhill to the left. Take this dirt road & look for a small parking area on the left.  Follow the well worn path down to the river.  The swimming area is at a sharp bend in the White River. The opposite bank has claylike mud that some folks take a mud bath in. There are lots of rocks for jumping & one extremely high rock (~50 feet high) know as "The Tower" that some use as a launching point.


Vermont River Tubing

Just a short drive down Route 100 North you will find a variety of places to stop & get your feet wet in the White River.  Once you get into the town of Stockbridge, drive until you see a big red barn with big red tubes lined up outside & a yellow GAS sign on the right. Go ahead & pull in! This is the spot! This is where you register & rent your tubes. By the way, it's only $10 per tube.

After registering, you will carpool to the next location, which is acually the end of the course.  You will then park your car & take a shuttle that is provided to you by the employees who work there. The shuttle will take you to the starting location, about 3-4 miles up the White River.  Listen to the driver because he/she will give you some good tips. Thats it! Put your tube in the water & spend an afternoon floating down crystle clear water, exploring river wildlife & beautiful senery from nearby mountains. Don't forget the suntan lotion! 


Vermont Waterfalls 

There are more than 200 known waterfalls throughout Vermont. While a beautiful & dynamic part of the Vermont scenery & landscape, they can also be dangerous! Swim at your own risk & be careful of slippery rocks. For more information on area waterfalls, please visit:

Waterfalls in Killington/Rutland Region: 

Thunder Brook Falls, Killington: About 1.8 miles northwest of Sherburne Center on Route 4, turn north on Thundering Brook Road, following the road past Kent Pond, descending steeply to a point just past the bridge over Thundering Brook, and parking on the left. The falls are a short way down the trail. The area around the falls is quite steep, with root ladders and compacted soil. 

Mclaughlin falls, Mendon: This waterfall is along the Mendon-Wheelerville Road (off US Rte 4), just below the bridge over the North Branch of Eddy Brook. If it is posted, please honor the landowners wishes.

Sutherland Falls, Proctor: Sutherland Falls is in the center of Proctor (30 minutes from Killington). Take US Rt 4 west to US Rt 7 south (make a left at the light then a quick right at the light after Mobil-this is Business Rt 4 west-stay on this road until you see Rt 3). Turn onto Route 3 North, down the hill, then turn left on Patch Road. There is a dirt road that goes to the left of the water treatment facility and into the woods. The road is in pretty rough shape, so I'd advise parking close to the entrance of the water treatment plant, being sure not to block access, and walk several hundred feet to the end of the road. The falls will be visible across the pool. Old Falls, Center Rutland: before you turn onto Rt 3, take a left to see Old Falls under the bridge.

Chaffee Falls, Pittsford Trail Network: To find the parking lot & trailhead, follow Hitchcock Road approximately 0.7 miles north from the Plains Road (Plains Road in off of Rt 7 north) intersection. Trailhead and parking located 10 yards off the east (right) side of Hitchcock Road. Approximate Length: 1.7 miles with a cross connector and another (0.7 mi.) rather steep winding branch off the north side of the trail. Difficulty: A few relatively steep areas that would be difficult to traverse on cross-country skis. One section is very steep and at certain times there are also some wet and icy areas. Description: Meanders through mostly wooded land along Furnace Brook with views of Chaffee Falls and rapids below. A map & more information can be found at

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