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Townshend State Forest- Townshend State Forest is a relatively small parcel offering only 200 acres at the foot of Bald Mountain. This beautiful scenic area offers views of waterfalls, chutes and pools.
Townshend State Park- Townshend State Park is located at the foot of Bald Mountain on a bend of the West River. There is a view of Rattlesnake Mountain to the north from the ranger's quarters. Hiking offers views of beautiful waterfalls, chutes and quiet pools.

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Description - Townshend Lake encompasses 95 acres in an attractive day use area. Those interested in history will want to discover the historic covered bridge located downstream. The recreation area offers fishing, boating (10 horse power limit), hiking, swimming, picnicking, hunting, water sports, winter sports and wildlife viewing. Pets on leashes permitted.

Attractions - Townshend Lake encompasses 95 acres in an attractive day use area. A variety of activities are available to the outdoor enthusiast. Those interested in history will want to discover the historic covered bridge located downstream. Anglers enjoy fishing near the Atlantic salmon trap below the dam. Bird watchers enjoy the spring and fall migrations which include osprey, red-tailed and broad-winged hawk, northern raven and the Canada goose.

Recreation - Townshend Lake offers a 95-acre lake for fishing, boating (10 horse power limit), hiking, swimming, picnicking, hunting, water sports, winter sports and wildlife viewing. Pets on leashes permitted.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average above 18 degrees Fahrenheit (above -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average above 70 degrees Fahrenheit (above 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Places in History Travel Region has an average precipitation of more than 44 inches (more than 112 centimeters). However, along the eastern boundary of this region, precipitation drops between 36 and 40 inches (91 to 102 centimeters).

Location - From Brattleboro, Vermont travel 18 miles north on Vermont State Route 30. (A large parking lot off SR 30 offers overlooks of the 95-acre lake.)


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Filed By: Donna Vondle - Park Ranger, Townshend Lake (Townshend, VT)
Number of People Encountered: 50+ ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Townshend Lake is a Federal flood control day use park open the third weekend in May through the weekend after Labor Day, 8 AM to 8 PM. Pets are NOT allowed in the park. They are allowed at the entrance area as well as the downstream side of the dam, in the fish trap area. Check our web site for all Corps of Engineer sites nationwide.


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Contact Information:
Townshend Lake, 3845 Vt Rte 30 , Townshend, VT, 05353-2800, Phone: 802-365-7703

Additional Information:
Southern Vermont - Southern Vermont is also known as the Places in History Travel Region due to the historical significance prior to the Revolutionary War and beyond. The 20th century presented the famed artist Norman Rockwell and the city of Brattleboro boasts as the location where Rudyard Kipling produced his finest writings. Beautiful roadways lend themselves to the discovery of nearly a dozen covered bridges, many of which reside on the National Register of Historic Places.
Townshend State Forest - Townshend State Forest is a relatively small parcel offering only 200 acres at the foot of Bald Mountain. This beautiful scenic area offers views of waterfalls, chutes and pools.
Townshend State Park - Townshend State Park is located at the foot of Bald Mountain on a bend of the West River. There is a view of Rattlesnake Mountain to the north from the ranger's quarters. Hiking offers views of beautiful waterfalls, chutes and quiet pools.
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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