Waterbury Reservoir

BY Lisa Friedman

Waterbury Reservoir is part of Mount Mansfield State Forest and is the ninth largest body of water in Vermont.  It was created in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corp as a flood control project to protect towns along the Winooski River Valley.

The reservoir has a surface area of 850 acres and has a maximum depth of 100 feet.  The designed flood control capacity of Waterbury Reservoir is approximately 9 billion gallons – that’s a lot of zeroes! Can you imagine 9,000,000,000 gallons of water?  If not, then come over and check it out to see for yourself.

Enjoy kayaking, swimming, taking a hike or picnicking at the 22 picnic sites with tables and hibachis.  There is a trailer boat ramp, handicap accessible fishing platform, restrooms and plenty of parking.  Cold Hollow Cider Mill is nearby so pick up some apple cider donuts to enjoy with your day out on the water 🙂

I have kayaked the reservoir plenty of times and it is always very enjoyable.  It doesn’t generally get too windy and is generally not as choppy as the lake.  I have seen bald eagles flying overhead.  Many people like to toss up a tent and camp at various spots around the reservoir.  I would love to do that some time!

Waterbury Reservoir is located at 177 Reservoir Road in Waterbury Center, Vermont.  It is about a quarter mile off of Route 100, not far from Shaw’s Supermarket.  The park phone number is (802) 244-1226.  It is officially open from 10 a.m. through dusk Memorial Day through Labor Day.  For those of you who don’t mind not following rules, it is easy to park outside and walk around the gate other times 🙂

Many of these pictures were taken one day in April where we skied in the morning and kayaked in the afternoon.  Vermont is such a wonderful state!


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