Spring, Summer & Fall Recreation at WilloughVale Inn
With so much to see and do here, you need more than just a day or two to explore the Northeast Kingdom. Visit the Northeast Kingdom Travel & Tourism Association Events and begin planning your adventures.
Enjoy our Lakefront Location
Head out on the lake with one of our canoes, kayaks, Sunfish sailboat or motor boat! Our Waterfront Activity Area makes lakeside fun easy! A playground for kids... a fire pit for toasting marshmallows... and lounge chairs to settle into and soak up the sun. Relax on our floating dock, swim out to our Rave water trampoline or play badmitton by the water.
The Inn offers a premier location
on the shores of Lake Willoughby - renowned for its
crystal-clear waters. Guests may swim right from our
shores, or opt to visit the public beaches on the north
or south ends of the lake. For further exploration many secluded swimming holes offer an exhilarating experience
for visitors and locals alike. Innsider's Tip:
Take a plunge off "Devil's
Rock" or flip from the rope swing a the South End
beaches of Lake Willoughby - fun for all ages!
More Inn Activities
There are two bicycles at the Inn available for guests to enoy touring around the lake. The Inn has a gameroom which includes Air Hockey, a pool table and ping pong. Also a large selection of DVD's are available for guest's to rent when it's time to relax.
In 2003, Shawn Dutil caught
a 35 lb, 3.2 oz trout from Lake Willoughby (the
Vermont State record). It is no wonder that the area
is a mecca for fishing year-round! The pristine waters
of Lake Willoughby (up to 300' deep in spots) and the
many area streams and ponds are home to many species.
Expect to net large trout, salmon, muscolunge and more! Innsider's Tip:
The Willoughby River is also a "hot spot" for
fly-fishing trout. The Barton and Black
Rivers are good spots as well and the Clyde
River which has an outstanding run of landlocked
As a glacial cut lake, Lake
Willoughby's cold waters run very deep, making it a unique
diving experience. Willoughby Divers - offer air
fills and some rental gear at the Northern Exposure
special diving arrangements contact Tharon Faulkner
|Fishing Licenses/Bait & Tackle:
Exposure and the Evansville
Store offer all that is needed to get you
out fishing, including Vermont licenses -
the cost for adults (18+ yrs) is $22.00 for
residents and $45.00 for non-residents; youths (15-17
yrs) are $8.00 for residents and $15 for
non-residents. Children younger than 15 years
fish for free. Fishing licenses may also be purchased
online through the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department.
With 37,575 acres of public
lakes and ponds, 3,840 miles of rivers and streams and
50 public boat launches, the area is renowned for flat
and high water paddling. Innsider's Tip:
Take a moonlit canoe or kayak trip to experience
the wonderment of the mountains reflected on the
lake surface. Be sure
there is ample moonlight and paddle
close to shore!
The WilloughVale Inn has 1 double kayak,
2 single kayaks, 3 canoes and one small
sailfish, available first-come/first served
at no charge with a 2 hr limit. A motor boat is also available to rent for $40 hr.
Burke Sports - Rents canoes and kayaks for $30 for a full
day (starting at 9am) or $20 for a half day (starting
at 1pm). Call
Kingdom offers spectacular opportunities for adventures
From rambling walks through the woods to challenging
trails to mountain peaks - there are options for all
abilities, many around Lake Willoughby - and all interesting!
En route, you will be blessed with the opportunity
to view the area's abundant wildlife - including
over 100 bird species and beautiful flora and fauna.
We've highlighted a few popular excursions...
- Mt. Pisgah & Mt. Hor
- the famous cliffs that tower over Lake Willoughby
- Bald Mountain
- Burke Mountain - a new trail system
provides solitude and
miles of hiking.
Burke Sports for more information.
Pack a picnic and hike to fire tower atop Bald
Mountain, offering an incredible 360-degree view!
Of course, don't miss a hike up Mt. Pisgah - look
for the rare arctic plants that make their home
on the rocky walls carved by the glacier, and try
to spot the nests of the Peregrine falcons who
make their home here.
Having been featured on the cover
of Rock & Ice Magazine and Vermont Life Magazine, the famed cliffs
of Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Hor offer one of the most renowned climbing experiences
in the Northeast. Comprised
of fractured granite, the famous cliffs rise almost 300
feet high over Lake Willoughby.
Mountain & Trail Biking
The Vermont Northeast Kingdom and Lake Willoughby offer mountains and lakeside trails that will challenge and deliver you the ride of a lifetime. The vast wilderness area is perfect for superb off road biking! Willoughby State Park, Crystal Lake Ledges Big Falls, Wheeler Mountain and Bubbling Springs have abundant trail biking areas. The Northeastern Vermont Development Association provides extraordinary guide maps and tips on their website.
Road Biking - the Northeast Kingdom is a vast wilderness
area with relatively uncrowded roads for superb road biking! A popular route loops
around Lake Willoughby - providing exhilaration
Off road bike rentals are available a East Burke Sports (802-626-3215) and the Village Sports Shop in Lyndonville (802-626-8448). The
Inn offers 2 bicycles for guest's use (first come,
first served ). Other options include East Burke
(802-626-3215) and the Village Sports Shop in Lyndonville (802-626-8448).
The summer and fall are great for bikers and motorcycle enthusiasts are always welcome at the Willoughvale Inn. The surrounding mountains and lakeside roads are made for motorcycle day trips.
Riding & Hayrides
Enjoy the beauty of the landscape
on horseback! Galloping Acres in Brownington (802-754-2337)
offers trail, pony and wagon rides. The Mountain View
Creamery in East Burke (802-626-9924) offers hayrides.
Several picturesque 18-hole
courses for golfers of all abilities are available within
a 30-minute drive from Lake Willoughby, including:
Country Club (802) 754-2333
Johnsbury Country Club (802) 748-9894
Golf Club (802) 525-1126
Innsider's Tip: For excellent value, golf at the Orleans
Country Club and enjoy lunch in the screened porch overlooking
the green. Be sure to book your tee-times well in advance!
The Lake Willoughby area offers a haven for sightseeing, photography, birding
and naturalist endeavors of all kinds. In many townships,
there are more moose than people!
Birding - over 100 bird species
have been seen around the lake - including thrushes,
warblers, hummingbirds, jays, finches, loons, herons
and gulls. The occasional peregrine falcon and bald eagle
may also be glimpsed.
Favorite locales for wildlife viewing -
Willoughby State Forest, Big Falls, Willoughby Cliffs
on Mt. Pisgah, Crystal Lake Ledges, Wheeler Mountain & Bubbling
Spring, Runaway Pond.
On the Lake -
quiet early morning
or sunset paddle sets the stage for remarkable wildlife
Northwoods Stewardship Center -
Events, workshops, summer camps, outdoor recreation and are located at the Northwoods Center in East Charleston. For information call 802-723-6551, northwoodscenter.org.
Innsider's Tip: The brilliant
steelhead run that takes place on the Willoughby River
is rite of Spring each year!
There are many activities
for families to enjoy - both indoors and outdoors, on
and off the lake. From fun in the sun swimming,
boating, fishing, hiking and biking to area attractions
and special events - the Kingdom offers a wonderful vacation
experience for the entire family. And summertime memories of playing
cards and board games, completing a puzzle or star-gazing
on clear summer skies are the essence of a vacation
on the lake!
Great Vermont Corn Maze in North Danville
(opens late July/early Aug - Oct). In addition
to the maze itself they have pedal tractors for the kids
and a Barnyard Nature Center with 100' of underground "Gopher
Tunnels" for kids and "kids at heart" to explore,
wildlife displays, a tube slide and Maisy - the corn
a visit to any one of the area's attractions can add
a nice dimension to your family vacation - or a perfect
option if the weather is less than ideal for outdoor
activities! Visit our Cultural
Activities and Attractions page for more information.
Special Events - Experience a down-home country fair! Enjoy such activities as oxen and horse
pulling, harness racing, demolition derbies, tractor
pulls, country music, pig races, a mud bog, amusement
rides and good ole' fashioned fair food! The Orleans
County Fair and Caledonian County Fair are held in August.
Innsider's Tip: Visit our events
on events in the Northeast Kingdom!
To know more about Vermont's Northeast
Kingdom visit Travel the Kingdom or Scenes
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