Lake Ninevah, Vermont, USA
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Lake Ninevah visitor and community guide
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.
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Things to do at Lake Ninevah
- Vacation Rentals
- Downhill Skiing
- Dog Sledding
- Wildlife Viewing
- State Park
- State Forest
- National Forest
- Movie Theater
Fish species found at Lake Ninevah
- Black Bass
- Largemouth Bass
- Rainbow Trout
- Smallmouth Bass
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Lake Ninevah statistics & helpful links
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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