Lake Elmore, Vermont, USA

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USA - New England - Vermont - Stowe-Smugglers' Notch -

Also known as:  Elmore Pond, Meades Pond

The local slogan, “Beauty Spot of Vermont,” suits Lake Elmore to a ‘T’. This lovely lake nestles beneath Mt. Elmore in the Stowe/Smugglers’ Notch region of Vermont, drawing nature lovers like a magnet. The area is best known as a premier ski area but the many lakes, ponds, villages, hiking and cycling trails and quaint country inns now draw visitors year round. The peaceful little lake has a long history in north-central Vermont and has always been the centerpiece of the town of Elmore. Long before air conditioning made summers bearable, city-dwellers who could afford it deserted the hot streets for cool summer breezes in the Green Mountains. The tradition continues, with many families planning their summer vacations around the Lake Elmore area. The entire Lamoille Valley is geared toward helping visitors enjoy their stay.

The little village of Elmore provides the nearest civilization to Lake Elmore. The town offers a public boat launch, a grocery store and local services. Many of the homes along the shoreline are occupied year round, but there are some that are available for summer rental by the week or month. The largest number of visitors head to Elmore State Park on the west side of the lake where there is a public swimming area with sandy beach, picnic shelters, a concession stand and row boat, canoe and kayak rentals. The lake is shallow and warms nicely for swimming. The camping facilities are very popular as a destination, and the 755-acre park provides miles of hiking and cycling trails. Lake Elmore is one of the few smaller Vermont lakes that permit water skiing and personal watercraft. Row boats, pontoons, canoes, kayaks and powered fishing boats are all welcomed. Sailing and windsurfing are also popular activities.

Lake Elmore provides a warm-water fishery featuring yellow perch, northern pike, smallmouth bass, bullhead and pan fish. Fishing continues throughout the winter with ice fishing shanties sprouting on the ice as soon as it is thick enough. Licenses and bait can be obtained at the all-service Elmore Store, which also contains the local post office. Ice skating, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling are all favored winter activities around Lake Elmore. Elmore State Park proudly displays a historic bathing pavilion built by the Civilian Conservation Corps shortly after the town donated land for a park. Another structure built by the CCC is the fire tower on Mt. Elmore overlooking the park, which is a favorite hiking destination.The gently-sloping hike to the top of 2,608-foot Mt. Elmore is one of Vermont’s most popular family hikes. Areas of the state park are open for hunting during season for several game species. The local store also sells hunting licenses and acts as a deer check-station.

Off water activities in the area include a tour of the Elmore Sugarhouse – a tradition here in maple syrup country. Lamoille County is well-known for its picturesque covered bridges; driving route maps can be obtained locally to direct visitors to many of them. The county is well-known for the variety and number of art galleries and craft shops it holds. Nearly every art medium is represented among local craftsmen. A number of riding stables and family farms offer everything from horseback riding to sleigh rides in winter. The Noyes House Museum, less than five miles from Lake Elmore, presents a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. Built in the 1820s, the house and carriage barn hold over 10,000 artifacts of early Vermont life. Morrisville also offers a pleasing array of one-of-a-kind shops and eateries to delight the visitor. Nearby Stowe and Smuggler’s Notch offer a variety of musical venues and open-air concerts during the summer months. The grounds of the Trapp Family Lodge Concert Meadow offer several musical series ranging from the Vermont Mozart Festival to local performances. Nearby in Belvidere, the Rattling Brook Blue Grass Festival attracts bluegrass fans the third Saturday in June.

The Long Trail, extending 275 miles along the spine of the Green Mountains from the Massachusetts border to Canada, crosses the area. The oldest long-distance hiking trail in the country, the Long Trail crosses 11 mountain peaks in Lamoille County alone. The Vermont Ski Museum and Smuggler’s Notch State Park are less than 10 miles from Lake Elmore. And nearby in Waterbury, the Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory welcomes visitors with a tour – and a taste at the end.

Once called Meades Pond, local history relates that the first sawmill was built at Elmore around 1798. The sawmill likely built the first dam across Elmore Pond Brook. At one time, the lake actually had a ‘steam-powered yacht’ which took passengers on a tour of the lake. During the era of popular resort hotels, Lake Elmore saw many visitors come to enjoy the water and mountain scenery. Both the town and the lake were named for Colonel Elmore, a leading businessman in the area. The town is now mostly a commuter village as there is little industry in the area other than tourism. Lucky is the resident that can leave the city behind and come home to views of water and mountains, especially spectacular in autumn when the foliage glows with reds and golds.

Only 26 miles from Montpelier and 51 miles from Burlington, Lake Elmore is easy to get to and hard to leave. Locate a vacation rental on Lake Elmore today. Private cottages, country inns and bed-and-breakfasts are plentiful in the area, many right on the lake itself. Real estate can be found nearby in a wide variety of price ranges. There’s something for every member of the family at Lake Elmore. Don’t wait another minute. Visit today.

Things to do at Lake Elmore

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Ice Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Beach
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Water Skiing
  • Camping
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Ice Skating
  • Biking
  • Cross-Country Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Horseback Riding
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • State Park
  • Museum

Fish species found at Lake Elmore

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Northern Pike
  • Perch
  • Pike
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Yellow Perch

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Lake Elmore Statistics & Helpful Links

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Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

Surface Area: 219 acres

Shoreline Length: 3 miles

Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,142 feet

Average Depth: 11 feet

Maximum Depth: 17 feet

Water Volume: 2,409 acre-feet

Drainage Area: 9 sq. miles

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.

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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.

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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".

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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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