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Waterbury Center State Park
Copyright: - Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Waterbury Center State Park
Description - Waterbury State Park is one of the newer park facilities located within Mt. Mansfield State Forest. It rests on Vermont's ninth largest body of water, Waterbury Reservoir. The reservoir supports both coldwater and warm water species including rainbow trout, brown trout, rainbow smelt, yellow perch, smallmouth bass and bullhead. The dam was created by the Civilian Conservation Corps as a flood control project to protect towns and villages along the Winooski River Valley. Today the park offers limited amenities of lake swimming, fishing, a boat launch and small picnic grove.

Attractions - Waterbury Center State Park lies on the easterly trivium of Waterbury Reservoir, a quarter mile off SR 100. It is an integral recreation resource in Central Vermont and one of the newer park facilities within Mount Mansfield State Forest. The reservoir is the ninth largest body of water in the State of Vermont and was created in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corps as a flood control project to protect towns and villages along the Winooski River Valley. From late spring to early fall the reservoir is maintained to a surface area of 860 acres and has a maximum depth of 100 feet. To prepare for normal spring snowmelt and runoff, the surface area is reduced to between 250 - 300 acres throughout the winter. The designed flood control capacity of Waterbury Reservoir is approximately 9,000,000,000 gallons.

Recreation - Waterbury Center State Park offers limited amenities including lake swimming, fishing, a boat launch and small picnic grove with tables and hibachis. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Nearby attractions include Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory and Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Waterbury; Alpine Slide and Gondolas, Stowe; Granite Quarries, Barre; and the State Capital and Historical Society, Montpelier; and Camel's Hump in North Duxbury.

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 Interstate 89 in Waterbury take Exit #10 and travel 2.75 miles north on SR 100. Turn left on Old River Road.


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Waterbury Center State Park, RR 1 Box 177 , Waterbury Center, VT, 05677, Phone: 802-244-1226

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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.
Mt. Mansfield State Forest - Mt. Mansfield is State Forest is Vermont's largest forest encompassing 37,242 acres. It is one of the state's favorite recreation areas lying west of the resort town of Stowe and stretching south to Duxbury and north to Cambridge.
Vermont State Parks and Forests - Vermont has over 50 state parks and over 2,200 campsites and shelters available for seasonal use. Most state parks permit cross-country skiing and several permit snowmobiling on designated routes. Vermont also offers over 35 state forests open for recreation use along with four rail trails and nearly a dozen historic sites.

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Vermont State Parks - Official Agency Website

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