Lake Rescue, Vermont, USA

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USA - New England - Vermont - Southern Windsor County -

An early morning mist settles over Lake Rescue, a quiet Vermont lake, as a dog bounds through a dense barrier of trees along the shoreline. A tennis ball skitters into the water as the canine takes a stretching leap into the water, weaving its way through the mist while scenting the toy. The animal paddles back to shore, announcing its arrival with a spray of water droplets shook from its fur coat and a lolling tongue suggesting morning play time has just begun.

Both year round residents and annual vacationers are greeted with sights such as these any time of the year at Lake Rescue. This 180-acre lake, set in the southeastern portion of the state and in the Southern Windsor County tourism area, is filled with fish beneath its depths, sailboats atop its waters and real estate and vacation rentals along its relatively undeveloped shores.

A myriad of activity flourishes around the Lake Rescue area throughout the year. The Lake Rescue Association preserves the integrity of the lake’s shimmering waters and pristine shoreline. Pop out of your lakeside retreat for a chilly swim in the heat of summer or recline on the shores and watch bright sailboats dance with the wind’s current. As autumn encroaches, take out your binoculars and scan the forest as trees burst with vivid fall colors.

Anglers can find a multitude of fish in Lake Rescue, whose depths range from an average of 40 feet to a max of 90 feet. Those patient enough to snag the lake’s rainbow trout, brown trout, pickerel or perch can fire up the grill that evening, pairing their catch with a slew of fresh in-season vegetables from the local farmer’s market.

Lake Rescue’s colorful shoreline may catch eyes in the fall but the man-made Red Bridge dam brings about an element of authenticity to the old lake. The dam, which was created in 1835 to generate water power and is now serviced by the Lake Rescue Association, sits between Lake Rescue and Pauline Lake, a much smaller body of water whose waters then flow south into Black River. Chattering children are seen on the picturesque Red Bridge in the summertime as they dangle their legs over the wooden edge, throwing rocks into the water below.

Dedicated birders will find Lake Rescue a rich paradise of birds during summer, when heat radiates off rocks or during winter, when multiple feet of snow piles atop logs. A quick view through your binoculars might reveal a white-breasted nuthatch sifting through leaves for seeds, a brown-headed cowbird tweeting on a nearby branch or a mourning dove cooing softly before taking off in flight. Picnic near the lake’s loon nesting platform to spot rare loons during a quiet day away from other lake enthusiasts.

Less than 10 minutes south of Lake Rescue’s shores is the town and village of Ludlow, Vermont. The quaint downtown area resides next to the winding Black River and has visitors and locals bustling about while searching for a quick bite to eat or buying the perfect sundress to wear for the next summer party. Skiing resorts are found close to the area for the winter lovers, making it easy to slide down a mountain slope in the morning and find a cup of hot cocoa in the evening.

State parks surround all sides of Lake Rescue’s borders, including Coolidge State Park to the north and Okemo State Forest to the south. Miles of trails lead into the woods, making it possible to travel in solitude or with a group of friends through every season. Pass through the trees quietly and you might be rewarded with glimpses of wildlife, including barred owls, moose or black bears.

Lake Rescue meets the needs of everyone, from the creative artists looking for vacation rentals to create their next piece of fall art to the down-home family who wishes to find a place to settle into each night. Real estate property surrounds the lake, tucked away into the woods for both easy access and privacy. Check out of the city and into Lake Rescue’s picturesque and undeveloped setting.

Things to do at Lake Rescue

  • Vacation Rentals
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Picnicking
  • Hiking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Birding
  • State Park
  • State Forest

Fish species found at Lake Rescue

  • Brown Trout
  • Perch
  • Pickerel
  • Pike
  • Rainbow Trout
  • Trout

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    Lake Rescue Statistics & Helpful Links

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    Lake Type: Natural Freshwater Lake, Dammed

    Water Level Control: Lake Rescue Association

    Surface Area: 180 acres

    Normal Elevation (Full Pond): 1,043 feet

    Average Depth: 40 feet

    Maximum Depth: 90 feet

    Water Volume: 7,200 acre-feet

    Drainage Area: 36 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.

    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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