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Description - North Springfield Lake has a 100-acre lake and 65-acre Stoughton Pond available for warmwater fishing, beach swimming, picnicking and wildlife viewing. Only small boats are permitted on the waters. The beach area is located at Stoughton Pond. Snowmobiling is enjoyed during the winter and hunting is enjoyed fall and winter.

Attractions - North Springfield Lake encompasses a 100-acre lake and 65-acre Stoughton Pond. Outdoor enthusiasts will find a variety of options available amidst this beautiful wooded setting.

Recreation - The 100-acre lake and 65-acre Stoughton Pond offer excellent warm-water fishing (small boats only). A small park on Stoughton Pond has a beach and picnic area. Reservoir lands are open for hunting, snowmobiling and wildlife viewing. Pets on leashes permitted.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average between 16 and 18 degrees Fahrenheit (between -9 and -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 and 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Heart of Vermont Travel Region has diverse precipitation totals ranging from 40 to 44 inches (102 and 112 centimeters) in the center area of the region decreasing to less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the state lines of New York and New Hampshire.

Location - From Springfield, Vermont travel north on Vermont State Route 106. Signs direct you to dam.

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Filed By: Mary Watkins
Number of People Encountered: 0-10 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: The North Springfield Lake area is probably one of the area's best kept secrets, (if the number of people using it at any one time is an indicator). I use it frequently, riding horseback on the clearly marked and well maintained trails and access roads. Every once in awhile I meet hikers,kayakers, bird hunters and their dogs, bicylists, bird watchers, snowmobilers and cyclists. I recall more than a few scientists doing some field studies, too (some things about swamp lemmings and a green wren). But, for the most part I feel secluded in the calm quiet of the area. A good way to experience each section of the total area is to hike/bike/ride the trail that goes completely around the lake (between the Stoughton Dam and the N.Springfield Dam). If you complete the circle, be warned you will have to cross the river at one point. Depending on the water level, it can be knee high to chest high. At the crossing points the river is only about 20 feet across. The trail at the southern end of the lake provides an inspiring view of Mt. Ascutney reflected in the water. (Particularly beautiful in the fall). On the eastern side, the bird sanctuary has a refreshing seating area that overlooks the water from an elevated vantage point. I wouldn't mind having my lunch there myself, except horses aren't allowed on that section of the trails. And, if you are not particularly interested in doing "the big trail", there are lots of little trails. Some along the river banks, some near a waterfall with a rope swing, some on a wooded knoll, some on a pine knoll, some in a grassy plain. There has been some recent activity here. A local historic group is marking important landmarks/sites of a town the used to be here before the Corp of Engineers began the dam project. The summer of 2003 marked the arrival of some new residents...a pair of nesting bald eagles. The trails are multi use, and I have experienced nothing but exceptionally pleasant people at all times on the trails. The absence of litter is OBVIOUS. This area is close to pristine. As a matter of fact, early one summer, I encountered an environmental group wading in the Black River, removing some things that had floated downstream during the Spring Thaw.

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Contact Information:
North Springfield Lake, 98 Reservoir Road , Springfield, VT, 05156-2210, Phone: 802-886-2775

Additional Information:
Central Vermont - Central Vermont is characterized by beautiful rolling green mountains, crystal clear lakes and rushing streams. Historical sites, museums, ski resorts, challenging multi-use trails, golf courses and more may be found in this picturesque New England region.
Vermont Lakes and Reservoirs - On the western side of Vermont, Samuel De Champlain paddled down the huge 435 square mile lake in 1609. Today that lake bears his name, Lake Champlain, and is known as America's "Sixth Great Lake." On the eastern side of the state, the longest river in New England creates the border. In addition, over 808 lakes and ponds and over 7,000 miles of rivers and streams grace the entire landscape.


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