Lake Dunmore, Vermont, USA

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Lying at the base of central Vermont’s Mt. Moosalamoo, Lake Dunmore is the gateway to Green Mountain National Forest. This sparkling lake is the perfect answer to the family argument over vacationing at the lake or in the mountains. Here, you can have both-and enjoy both fully. The lake functions as water storage for a hydropower dam several miles downstream. Vermont Fish and Wildlife keeps it well-stocked to the delight of visitors and residents alike.

Green Mountain National Forest offers more than 400,000 acres of Vermont forest and wilderness to explore and appreciate. Warm-weather recreational activities include horseback riding, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, bird watching, and canoeing, while winter brings snowboarding, snowmobiling and snowshoeing. The National Forest offers several campsites on the eastern side of Lake Dunmore. Additionally, vacation rental homes are available on Lake Dunmore, offering everything from romantic getaway cottages to large homes perfect for family vacations.

Lake Dunmore is likely named after John Murray, the 4th Earl of Dunmore who served as the British governor of the Province of New York from 1770 to 1771. At the time, Vermont was still under the control of New York. Early in Vermont’s history, a glass factory was established at Lake Dunmore to take advantage both of sand from the lakeshore and wood from the adjoining forest. The ventures (there were two of them) were short-lived, but remaining Lake Dunmore glass pieces are highly prized by collectors. By the early 1900s, there were several large resort hotels on the shores serviced by railroads that had been built to the area.

The era of big resort hotels has passed, but summers on Lake Dunmore will always be in style. Although there are year-round residents, summer people are more numerous. In fact, some cottages have served generations of the same families. They still enjoy the same water activities their grandparents did: swimming, sailing, water skiing, boating, canoeing, kayaking and fishing. Of course, jet skis, windsurfing and other new equipment have been added. The clear glacial lake invites its visitors to come out on the water and have fun.

Fishermen have been enjoying Lake Dunmore as long as there have been settlers in the area. The lake is stocked regularly with not only warm-water species but lake trout and landlocked salmon. Bass, pike, rock bass, panfish, perch, trout and crappie are also fished. Some sizeable trophies appear from under the waves each year. Winter simply means fishermen can walk to their favorite hotspot rather than boat: ice fishing is a great way to defy a cold Vermont winter. Of course, winter also means cross-country and downhill skiing, snowmobiling and hunting — there is something for everyone in every season.

The Green Mountains around Lake Dunmore are excellent for fall color tours. Many visitors time their visits for the best leaf colors. Hiking on the many hiking trails in the area is popular in any season. Bicycling, bird-watching and wildlife viewing can be indulged in many places throughout the surrounding area. A favorite hike is the Falls of Lana trail about two miles from Branbury State Park. The series of waterfalls has a combined drop of about 100 feet and is considered the most beautiful in the Champlain Valley. A triathlon is held yearly, headquartered at Branbury State Park on the east side of Lake Dunmore.

The lake is located 8.5 miles from Middlebury and 7.5 miles from Brandon in the Mid-Vermont for All Seasons tourism region. Both towns have arts and activities designed to be of interest to summer visitors. Middlebury in particular is committed to the Arts, providing opportunities to see a play or a nationally-known performer. Vermont Marble Museum, New England Maple Museum and Wilson Castle are nearby. The Castle, located in Proctor, is an architectural masterpiece built in 1867 and furnished with an eclectic mix of European and Far Eastern Antiques. Tours are available for a small fee.

Come and enjoy the crystal-clear waters of Lake Dunmore for a short visit or for a summer. Your family may start a new, multi-generational tradition.

Things to do at Lake Dunmore

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Jet Skiing
  • Water Skiing
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Waterfall
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • National Forest
  • Museum
  • Antiquing

Fish species found at Lake Dunmore

  • Bass
  • Crappie
  • Lake Trout
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Salmon
  • Sunfish
  • Trout

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Lake Dunmore Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Water Level Control: Central Vermont Public Service

Surface Area: 985 acres

Shoreline Length: 8 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 594 feet

Average Depth: 28 feet

Maximum Depth: 105 feet

Water Volume: 27,580 acre-feet

Trophic State: Mesotrophic

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Trophic State | LakeLubbers

Trophic State measures the level of algae and nutrients in a lake.

An oligotrophic lake is very clear (blue in color) and does not support much plant or fish life. A hyper-oligotrophic lake is the clearest of all lakes, and is nearly devoid of plants and fish.

A mesotrophic lake is slightly green and supports a moderate degree of plant and fish life. A lake's most desired trophic state is generally this mid-point - the mesotrophic state.

A eutrophic lake is somewhat murky and supports a large amount of plant and fish life. A hypereutrophic lake is clouded with algae, plant life, and fish life. A eutrophic or hyper-eutrophic lake can be difficult to navigate by boat - and is often an unpleasant place to swim.

The use of phosphorus-rich and nitrogen-rich fertilizer on lawns and golf courses surrounding a lake can cause it to become eutrophic or hypereutrophic.


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Catchment or Drainage Area | LakeLubbers

This is the surrounding area that drains into a lake, including land, rivers and their tributaries. This is also known as the lake's "catchment basin".

Small lakes at the highest peaks of mountains have small drainage areas. The world's oceans have the largest drainage areas.


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Lake-Area Population | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated number of people who live in a house with a view of a lake, plus those who self-describe the lake as their home, for example: "I live at Smith Mountain Lake."


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Water Residence Time | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated time that it takes for an amount of water equal to the entire volume of a lake to flow out of - or evaporate from - the lake.

Residence Time can be as short as a few days for fast-flowing small lakes, and can exceed 100 years for slow-flowing large lakes.


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Completion Year | LakeLubbers

This is the year that a reservoir was first filled to the reservoir's normal elevation - or the year that a natural lake was first dammed. A large reservoir can take more than a year to fill after its dam is first closed.

The Grand Anicut in southern India is generally considered the world's oldest dam that still operates. Grand Anicut was constructed in the second century BC. It now impounds an irrigation network that includes roughly one million acres.

You can find many of the the world's newest reservoirs on LakeLubbers. Many of the world's oldest reservoirs appear on the last page of that list.


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Water Volume | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated volume of water that a lake contains -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. By this measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal.

You can find many of the the world's largest lakes (by water volume) on LakeLubbers.

Water Volume can be measured in acre-feet, in cubic miles, or in cubic kilometers. One acre-foot is the amount of water needed to cover one acre (43,560 square feet) to a depth of one foot. One cubic mile equals 3,379,200 acre-feet. One cubic kilometer equals 810,713 acre-feet.

1 acre-foot is equal to 325,851 US gallons. Siberia's Lake Baikal contains about 6,276,367,740,000,000 gallons of freshwater - nearly 1 million gallons for every living person on earth.

The other - and more widely used - measure of a lake's size is the lake's surface acreage. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is North America's Lake Superior.


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Maximum Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated greatest depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. The world's deepest lake is Siberia's Lake Baikal; that lake's maximum depth is estimated at 5,314 feet.

You can find many of the the world's deepest lakes on LakeLubbers. If you select the last page of that list, you will find the (maximum depth of) the shallowest lakes in our database.


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Average Depth | LakeLubbers

This is the estimated average depth of the water in a lake -- measured at the lake's normal elevation. If the water volume and surface area of a lake are known, an estimate of the lake's average depth can be calculated:

Water volume ÷ Surface Area = Average Depth

Example: 1,000,000 acre-feet ÷ 20,000 acres = 50 feet average depth


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Maximum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's highest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can occur during flooding. A lake's highest possible maximum elevation is usually the top of the lake's dam or spillway.

At lakes that include residential development, government regulations usually forbid the construction of homes below a lake's maximum elevation.


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Minimum Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's lowest water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level, that can be reasonably expected to occur. Low lake levels can occur due to deliberate seasonal draw downs for irrigation or impending snow melt, reduced water inflows, drought and evaporation, residential or commercial water demands, and hydropower generation.

Some lakes' minimum and maximum elevations are virtually the same. Lakes that generate hydropower may vary by several feet - according to power demand. Lakes whose primary purpose is to prevent flooding can seasonally vary by 100 feet or more.

When some lakes reach their minimum elevation, their boat ramps may not be long enough to permit boat access - and boats docked on shallow parts of the lake may end up on dry ground. In those cases, kayakers and shore-based anglers may be among the few happy recreational users of the lake.


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Normal Elevation | LakeLubbers

This is a lake's normal water level, measured by the lake's surface distance above sea level. For a reservoir, this water level is also known as "full pond" or "full pool".

You can find many of the world's highest-elevated lakes on LakeLubbers. Lakes with the lowest elevations (known by LakeLubbers) are shown on the final page of that list.


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Shoreline Length | LakeLubbers

This is the length of the exterior shoreline around a lake - measured at the lake's normal elevation. The shoreline length can be considerably shorter or longer when lake water levels are lower or higher than normal.

A lake with many coves has a much longer shoreline than a lake of similar surface area that is nearly circular in shape.

When known, the shoreline miles that we report in our statistics include only the lake's exterior shoreline, and exclude the shorelines of islands located within a lake's boundaries. In lakes with many islands, those islands' combined shorelines may exceed a lake's exterior shoreline.

You can find many of the world's longest-shoreline lakes on Lakelubbers.


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Surface Area | LakeLubbers

This is the area (acreage, square kilometers, etc.) of the top surface area of a lake - measured at a lake's normal elevation. The surface area can be considerably smaller or larger when lake levels are lower or higher than normal. North America's Lake Superior is the world's largest freshwater lake by this measure.

The other measure of a lake's size is the lake's water volume. By that measure, the world's largest freshwater lake is Lake Baikal in Siberia.

You can find many of the world's largest lakes (acres) on Lakelubbers. There is no widely-accepted minimum surface area that defines a lake. What Lakelubbers describes as a lake, you might call a pond. The smallest lake that Lakelubbers currently includes is Hawaii's 2-acre Lake Waiau.


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Water Level Control | LakeLubbers

This is the organization that controls water releases or outflows from the lake or reservoir. In the USA, this is often the US Army Corps of Engineers, a power company, a municipal water system, an irrigation district, or a paper manufacturing company. In the case of private or gated lakes, a homeowners' association may be the lake's controlling authority.

Many lakes cross borders, including North America's Great Lakes. The control of such lakes and their coveted freshwater may be amicably shared - or hotly disputed.

"Water wars" continue at many lakes as growing populations and crop irrigation needs compete for the freshwater that lakes contain.


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Lake Type | LakeLubbers

There are 3 basic types of lakes that are currently included on LakeLubbers. 2 types may be dammed or not dammed, producing 5 classifications.

- A Reservoir is a man-made freshwater lake that is usually created by damming rivers.

- A Natural Freshwater Lake occurs naturally - often by glacial activity - and has a salinity of less than 30 parts per thousand. It may be dammed to produce electricity or for other reasons.

- A Natural Saltwater Lake occurs naturally and has a salinity of more than 30 parts per thousand (ppt). It may be dammed.

"Brackish" water may be categorized as freshwater or saltwater, depending on its salt content (salinity). Oligohaline water has less than 15 ppt of salt. Mesohaline water has 15-29 ppt. Polyhaline has 30-335 ppt.


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