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Vermont State Parks' Top Five: Paddling
Waterbury Center State Park, Waterbury Center

Surrounded by mountains, Waterbury Center State Park is located on a peninsula on 860-acre Waterbury Reservoir, formed when the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp.) constructed a flood control dam in the 1930’s. 

This park offers great opportunities for paddling, swimming, fishing and picnicking.  There is an interpretive nature trail great for all hiking abilities.  While primarily a day use park, there are also a number of primitive boat-to-only campsites along the lake shore, and Little River State Park is located on the opposite shore. 

The lake has three distinct sections, the smaller of which is inaccessible to powerboats, thus enabling a more remote paddling experience.  There are many rocky beaches from which to enjoy an impromptu swim or picnic and it is not unusual to see a bald eagle, beaver, or moose.  Canoe, kayak and pedal boat rentals, instruction and classes by Umiak Outdoor Outfitters are available.  An added bonus:  Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory (and tour) is right down the road.

Also See: Waterbury Reservoir Boating (pdf)

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