Lake Ninevah, Vermont, USA

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Lake Ninevah is a well-kept secret in the Eastern Vermont Gateway region. Only about a dozen cottages grace the shore of the 170-acre lake. The rest is protected land under the care of the Ninevah Foundation, a local land conservancy. The few private lots on the lake have been developed under the control of a covenant determining usage. Surrounded by wetlands and forest reserve, Lake Ninevah provides some of the best natural habitat in Rutland County. This pristine lake is only shared with non-owners via the small public boat launch controlled by Vermont Fish and Wildlife near the dam.

A few owners of cottages on Lake Ninevah have been generous enough to rent their properties by the week. All guard their seclusion jealously. Here, they can swim, fish, paddle, windsurf and sail in near isolation. The lake has a 5 mph speed limit imposed; the only sound may be the quiet whir of a trolling motor as background for the call of the resident loons. With a maximum depth of 12 feet, the water warms quickly, inviting even the most skittish bather to dive joyfully in. Canoeing or kayaking the lake is a special treat as so much of the shoreline remains in its natural state.

Anglers lucky enough to discover Lake Ninevah enjoy fishing for smallmouth bass, sunfish, rock bass, pickerel, perch, pike, largemouth bass and rainbow trout. The lake is small enough to navigate with oars or paddle but large enough to offer a variety of habitat for different species of fish.

Wildlife sometimes observed in the area includes eastern coyote, whitetail deer, black bear, raccoon, mink, and beaver. Along with resident breeding loons and several kinds of ducks, a variety of songbirds, water birds and raptors share the shoreline. The private roads around the lake offer plenty of leisurely walks with binoculars or camera and are great for mountain biking. Ninevah Road is itself highly recommended as a scenic bicycling tour. The Lake Ninevah Fen at the south end of the lake is one of the largest peat bogs in Vermont. Several different types of wetland habitat are present here, and support everything from rare pitcher plants to excellent lowland bear habitat.

A natural lake, Lake Ninevah was originally known as Patch Pond. The spring-fed lake was dammed in the 1920s to provide a storage reservoir for hydro-power. The dam is still owned by Central Vermont Public Service, according to the sketchy records available. Patch Brook then flows into a tributary of the Black River, the location of several hydro-generation plants. The nearest village is Mount Holly about seven miles to the west. Fifteen miles to the east, the village of Plymouth is somewhat bigger and accessible by Route 100.

A great deal of the town (or township) of Plymouth is protected land, providing large areas of unpopulated natural forest. Lake Ninevah is a critical and integral part of a vast nature preserve in south central Vermont that includes Coolidge State Forest, Coolidge State Park, Okemo State Forest, along with many acres of foundation-protected land to the north, east and south, and Green Mountain National Forest at its back. The entire area is ideal for wildlife enthusiasts. But, even the dedicated recluse needs civilization once in awhile; services and activities are within a short distance no matter what one seeks:

Rutland is only 20 miles from Lake Ninevah. Rutland has a full compliment of shops, eateries and services, including movie theaters, eight golf courses, farmers markets, art galleries and arts venues, a Norman Rockwell Museum, concerts and ballet performances. Near Plymouth, Camp Plymouth State Park provides camping, hiking trails, swimming, boat launch and interpretive nature trails. Just north of Plymouth, the Killington/Pico areas offer downhill skiing, sledding, an alpine water slide, snowshoeing and dog sledding trails. The VAST (Vermont Association of Snow Travelers) maintains a huge network of snowmobile trails covering most of the state of Vermont. The Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site nearby in Plymouth Notch offers several restored period buildings and artifacts of the era. To the south, Ludlow is well-known for both Okemo Mountain skiing and a large selection of craftsman’s shops, maple sugaring and lakefront activities.

Visiting Lake Ninevah is only as difficult as finding a vacation rental vacancy. Few private self-catering rentals are offered directly on the lakefront. But, the entire area is famous for country inns and out-of-the-ordinary bed-and-breakfasts. Hotels and motels can be found along the main highways leading into Plymouth and Rutland. Real estate may be difficult to find on Lake Ninevah itself but is usually available in the surrounding area – often in pristine, park-like surroundings. So, invest is a great set of binoculars and come looking at Lake Ninevah. Let Lake Ninevah share its secrets with you and your family.

Things to do at Lake Ninevah

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Golf
  • Camping
  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Downhill Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Dog Sledding
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • State Forest
  • National Forest
  • Museum
  • Movie Theater

Fish species found at Lake Ninevah

  • Bass
  • Black Bass
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Perch
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Smallmouth Bass
  • Sunfish
  • Trout

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    Lake Ninevah Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Central Vermont Public Service

    Surface Area: 171 acres

    Shoreline Length: 3 miles

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,755 feet

    Average Depth: 6 feet

    Maximum Depth: 12 feet

    Water Volume: 1,026 acre-feet

    Drainage Area: 1 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.

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    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.

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    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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    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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    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

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    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.

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    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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    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.

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    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.

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    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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    - 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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