Waterbury Reservoir

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Great American Dream Realty

Waterbury Reservoir is part of Mount Mansfield State Forest and is the ninth largest body of water in Vermont.  It was created in the 1930's by the Civilian Conservation Corp as a flood control project to protect towns along the Winooski River Valley.

The reservoir has a surface area of 850 acres and has a maximum depth of 100 feet.  The designed flood control capacity of Waterbury Reservoir is approximately 9 billion gallons - that's a lot of zeroes! Can you imagine 9,000,000,000 gallons of water?  If not, then come over and check it out to see for yourself.

Enjoy kayaking, swimming, taking a hike or picnicking at the 22 picnic sites with tables and hibachis.  There is a trailer boat ramp, handicap accessible fishing platform, restrooms and plenty of parking.  Cold Hollow Cider Mill is nearby so pick up some apple cider donuts to enjoy with your day out on the water :)

I have kayaked the reservoir plenty of times and it is always very enjoyable.  It doesn't generally get too windy and is generally not as choppy as the lake.  I have seen bald eagles flying overhead.  Many people like to toss up a tent and camp at various spots around the reservoir.  I would love to do that some time!


Waterbury Reservoir is located at 177 Reservoir Road in Waterbury Center, Vermont.  It is about a quarter mile off of Route 100, not far from Shaw's Supermarket.  The park phone number is (802) 244-1226.  It is officially open from 10 a.m. through dusk Memorial Day through Labor Day.  For those of you who don't mind not following rules, it is easy to park outside and walk around the gate other times :)

 Many of these pictures were taken one day in April where we skied in the morning and kayaked in the afternoon.  Vermont is such a wonderful state!



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Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

The natural beauty is just amazing. We did our kayaking yesterday our pond, but it is only 82 acres.

Make it a great week!

Jul 21, 2013 06:34 PM #1
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


Your knowledge about your beautiful Vermont and the love and passion you have to experience all its beauty is quite amazing! You are too!

Jul 22, 2013 02:34 AM #2
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Hi Lisa, love the photos of beautiful Wataerbuy Reservoir...makes me want to visit!

Jul 22, 2013 03:08 AM #3
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

What mesmerizing, and tranquil scenes those are!  It is wonderful to see areas of the country still looking so pristine.

Jul 22, 2013 11:53 AM #4
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Sun Lakes Realty - Banning, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Lisa,

These are great pictures and I am so jealous as I want to start going kayaking at the beach monthly but do not want to rent. The background in your pictures is spectacular.

Jul 22, 2013 12:27 PM #5
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Joe - Glad you could get out and enjoy kayaking your pond, sounds peaceful :)

Patricia - You are always so complimentary, thank you!

Rebecca - Come visit!  You have a place to stay :)

Myrl - It is stunning here.  The last few nights I have sat out just looking at the moon. No light pollution, no clouds.  It was absolutely breathtaking!

Kristin - You can often find used kayaks that stores selling new ones take as trade-ins, or get a used one from Craig's List or a local kayak club.  Once you own one, you will want to use it all the time and what better way to relax and let the tensions of the day ease out than to enjoy a tranquil night out on the water ... or a choppy one if you are in an adventurous mood!  I would kayak a few times a week if I could.  Sunsets and under the stars and moon are the best. You absolutely can't beat it.  Can you tell that I love it? :) !!!

Jul 23, 2013 10:44 AM #6
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Lisa, The reservoir has beautiful water and it looks so clean, But it looks cold too.

Jul 23, 2013 10:22 PM #7
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Lisa, unbelievable the lake is empty!    Such beauty, one would think it is packed.   Is it warm enough to be on the lake with swimwear?   Looks like you have a coat on.

Jul 25, 2013 10:43 PM #8
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Wow, beautiful pictures, watch for this in my travel contest blog post.

Sep 29, 2013 02:42 PM #9
Lisa Friedman
Great American Dream Realty - Essex, VT
30 Years of Real Estate Experience!

Thank You Bob!  I am Honored!

Sep 29, 2013 02:47 PM #10
Laurie Smith

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