Branbury @ Lake Dunmore in Salisbury. If you’re not luckily enough to have a house on the lake or a generous friend, Branbury is the place to go at Lake Dunmore. The 1000 foot natural sandy beach, clean, clear Lake Dunmore, and the large open grassy areas make the area very popular for swimming, sunning, or picnicking.
Waterhouses @ Lake Dunmore in Salisbury. Another option for public entrance to Lake Dunmore. Waterhouses charges entrance fees but you’ll have access to swimming at their beach, a raft, a floating volleyball net, some other types of water toys, picnic and bbq facilities, and a great tavern – Paddler’s Pub. Day Entry: $4/person (free for kids under 3, with one free per group) All-Season: $60
Family Pass: $150 (2 parents and 2 kids under 18), $25 for each additional family member. Maximum of 6 passes total per family.
Button Bay in Ferrisburg. Located on Lake Champlain the park has a play area and a swimming pool with lifeguards. A kiddie pool and water slide make this spot extra kid friendly. Boating (canoe, kayak, and rowboat) rentals are available, as well as fishing and sailing. Check their website for pool hours.
*Both Branbury and Button bay provide toilets, hot showers ($), picnic areas, and nearby hiking trails. Both are open from 10am – sunset from Memorial Day through Columbus Day. Vermont State Parks do charge entrance fees (daily, punch cards and season passes available).*
Bristol/Bartlett Falls is located off River Road on the way to Lincoln, about 2 miles east from the center of town: this one is not for the faint of heart, but is a quintessential New England experience! Bristol falls starts with a waterfall that turns into a pool with lots of smooth rocks for sliding. Further down stream there are shallow pools for the littlest adventurers. Park along Lincoln road and enjoy spots along the river for sunbathing and picnicking.
East Middlebury Gorge (shown left): Crisp, clean water. Rocky bottem with options for small cliff jumping. Easy access for little ones, plenty of shallow, ankle deep water to splash in. From Middlebury, follow RT 7 south from the center of Middlebury for approximately 4 miles. Bear left onto RT 125. Follow Route 125 approximately 1.5 miles to a sharp right turn onto the bridge that crosses the Middlebury River.
New Haven River: Intersection of Munger and River Road (shown right). Under the bridge, there is a little path leads down to a patch of sand and cool mountain water. A small patch of sandy river side offers enough space for plenty of fun. The water is shallow enough to play in, especially good for little ones.
New Haven River in Lincoln: behind the old pallet mill. UP the road a bit, it’s off the regular route and away from all the bustle of the big crowds near Bartlett (Bristol) Falls. Accommodates enough for fun, is nice and shady but small and out of the way enough to fend off the big crowds. Here’s how to get there: Go up River Rd from rt 116. into Lincoln. Pass the general store (or stop in for a tiny ice cream sandwich!) and 1/4 mile look for the “Old Hotel” on your left. Just across the road is a little grassy/dirt parking area. Doesn’t seem like much from curbside, don’t mind the heavy equipment and collection of work trucks (or young truck lovers can stare in delight), they’ve really cleaned the place up and made it much safer to access the river here. Walk down from the road, keeping the river on your right, until you get to a little sheltered clearing. Take the short path to the right down to the shady, easy bend in the river. A sandy/rocky spot good for digging, tossing stones, building piles, taking a picnic, doing a little wading, a little floating, even a few easy rocks for jumping into the deeper spot on the far side of the river. Please use wisely, respect the river, the property owners, and the other swimmers.
please use common sense and extreme caution when swimming in the lakes and rivers!
Town Pool Hours:
7:15 – 10:15 am: Swim Team
10:15 – 12:15 pm: Swim Lessons
12:15 – 1:00 pm: Adult Swim
1:00 – 4:45 pm: Open Swim
4:45 – 5:45 pm: Adult Swim
5:45 – 6:30 pm: Family Swim
Kiddie Pool is for ages 5 years and younger, open from 12:15 – 6:30 pm – ADULT SUPERVISION REQUIRED.
15 and younger = $2.00
16+ Adults = $3.00
55+ = $1.00
Younth $60.00 (non-resident) $69.00
Adult (non-resident) $80.50
Family (up to 6 people) $120.00
55+ = $35 (non-resident = $40.25)
Sam Fisherman Pool – Vergennes City Pool
Daily fees: Age 18 and above $ 3.00 – Age 6 to 17 2.00 – Under Age 6 Free
Hours: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. 1.00 + After 5 p.m. to Twilight
Season’s pass – Vergennes Residents
Single-person $ 50.00
Season’s pass – Non-residents
Single-person $ 65.00
Lessons – Vergennes residents $45.00
Lessons – Non-residents 60.00
Phone # 877-1054
Also home to Vergennes Champs Swim Team