10 Vermont Lakes You Should Rent A Cabin As Soon As Possible


One of Vermont’s most underrated assets is its idyllic lakeside living. Set against a stunning mountain backdrop, this state offers peace and quiet with more than a dozen campsites, resorts, bed and breakfasts, and waterfront cabins. Plus, those gorgeous stretches of water are diverse here and effortlessly make up for the lack of ocean shorelines that most people associate with an east coast vacation. That said, if you’re considering a relaxing lakeside cabin getaway, Vermont should definitely be on the list. In fact, here are ten awesome lakes in Vermont you should rent a cabin ASAP.



ten Lake Champlain

One of the best lakes in Vermont is none other than Lake Champlain. This scenic lake is located between the beautiful Vermont and New York countryside and offers views of the Adirondack Mountain just in the distance. It’s a great place for your next lakeside vacation with a plethora of things to see and do on Lake Champlain and a plethora of amenities nearby (including amazing shopping and dining). Since Lake Champlain is so popular, cabin rentals tend to book up quickly, so plan accordingly.

9 Lake Willoughby

Hailed as the clearest lake in Vermont, Lake Willoughby is a real sight to behold. Located in the northeast town of Westmore, this natural wonder will make your next lakeside vacation incredible. In addition to breathtaking surroundings and clear waters, this lake offers visitors two public beaches, tumbling waterfalls, magnificent treasures to discover, nearby hikes, plenty of water activities, and beautiful calming vibes. Of course, the best way to explore Lake Willoughby is to rent a cabin or cottage on the lake and just enjoy.


8 crystal lake

For those looking for a small lake to relax in, Crystal Lake is another great choice for vacationers. Located near Barton in the northeast, this medium-sized lake has an extensive shoreline and is home to Crystal Lake State Park. Visitors can explore a less populated gem and enjoy all the glory this local state park has to offer. It’s the perfect option for an eventful family getaway as there are multiple places to grill, laze, rent canoes, and enjoy lakeside living. So what are you waiting for? Rent a waterfront cabin here and get ready for a great day at the lake.


seven Lake Bomosin

One of the most treasured lakes in the Green Mountain State is Lake Bomoseen. Located just over the New York border, this Vermont lake is a fantastic place to create unforgettable vacation memories. In addition to endless water activities including waterskiing, swimming and kayaking here, visitors can take a trip to nearby towns like Castleton and Hubbardton for some old-fashioned fun in town. Rent a rustic cabin here and if you don’t already have one, consider renting a boat to fully appreciate all that this Vermont lake has to offer.

6 Emerald Lake

Another dazzling lake that deserves an extended stay is Emerald Lake. This charming little lake is located in southern Vermont and is part of Emerald Lake State Park. Here visitors can enjoy some of the best swimming in the area and marvel at the turquoise hue of this lake. With plenty of recreation by the lake and nearby in the state park, Emerald Lake feels like its own paradise, complete with a small island, fresh blueberries and other fruit, and a majestic view overlooking the lake . Visitors can easily find a quaint little rental here and enjoy nature. As a bonus, Emerald Lake State Park is close to the restaurants and shops of Manchester and Dorset.


5 Lake Memphremagog

Near the Canadian border, but still in Vermont, is beautiful Lake Memphremagog. While much of this lake is actually in Quebec, there’s no denying the beautiful, free-flowing waters in Vermont. This lake is a popular location for sailing regattas in the warmer months and is therefore also ideal for boating. There are plenty of land activities around these parts as well, including biking along the lake on the Newport Bike Trail and taking in a game or two at the sports fields in the nearby park. Here vacationers can choose from a host of cabin and cabin rentals.

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4 Lake Whitingham

A man-made lake, also known as the Harriman Reservoir, Lake Whitingham still offers guests the full recreational experience. In fact, people come from all over to bring out their smaller sailboats, powerboats, jet skis, windsurfers and paddleboarders. This well-maintained lake has an unmissable shoreline filled with lush forest. There are also several public picnic areas with water access and boat ramps for visitors. Despite the lack of shore camping here, vacationers can still take advantage of these waters by booking a lovely vacation rental in Wilmington (which has a bustling downtown) on the northern tip of the lake.


3 Shaftsbury Lake

A lake in its own right, Lake Shaftsbury is often mistaken for nothing more than a pond. But, visitors should give this scenic waterway a chance and take advantage of the open swimming, family picnic areas in the grounds of this lake, and the extensive trout fishing that is available here. Lake Shaftsbury, the state park, is full of fun activities and rentals, including kayaks, canoes, and paddle boats. Plus, there’s a sandy beach and convenient access to the Healing Springs Nature Trail. So if you’re looking for a semi-private group campsite on the water or a beautiful cabin/cabin rental with all the ingredients for a relaxing family vacation, Lake Shaftsbury is definitely worth considering.


2 Saint Catherine Lake

Voted by many as one of the best lakes in Vermont, it really doesn’t get any better than Lake St. Catherine. Here, guests can relax and enjoy the great outdoors with ease. Located in western Vermont, Rutland County, this fantastic lake has it all: boating, swimming, fishing, natural beauty, a state park (Lake St. Catherine State Park in Poultney) and several nearby towns bursting with even more fun. So whether you’re looking to camp in these areas or rent a luxury cabin in the middle of it all, Lac Sainte-Catherine has you covered.

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1 Lake Elmore

Yet another Vermont lake with its own state park, Lake Elmore is a wonderful place for camping, swimming, kayaking, fishing, and more. With so many water and land activities (volleyball, golf, hiking, etc.), renting a large cabin near or on this 219-acre lake just makes sense for large groups. Visitors can spend their time here relaxing and unwinding. All in all, there’s something for everyone at Lake Elmore, so it’s a great place for friends, families, and anyone looking to take full advantage of the great outdoors.

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