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Waterbury Reservoir, Vermont

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Elevation 590 ft / 180 m
Maximum Depth 100 ft / 30 m
Area 860 acres / 3.48 km2
Size 6.5 miles long / 10.5 km long
Waterbury Center State Park

Waterbury Reservoir is a large dammed lake, with an interesting and complicated shoreline. Access is easy and it offers a large area to explore. The shore is developed for recreation only, except for a small area in the reservoir’s eastern corner. In winter, with the campsites and cabins and boat launches empty, the reservoir feels much more peaceful and remote than it can in the summertime.

The reservoir is large enough that conditions can vary significantly from one section to another.

Launch + Parking

There are a number of ways to get on to the reservoir, since there is so much recreational infrastructure for the summer crowds. There are five boat launches spread around the shore. The two easiest to access are in Waterbury Center State Park, in what the Parks Division refers to as “the easterly trivium” of the reservoir.

Skating north on smooth snow ice, January 2023