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Lake Willoughvy, VT Information
Lake Willoughby is a lake in the town of Westmore, Orleans County. Located in the northeast section of Vermont, Lake Willoughby is a glacial lake over 300 feet. The deepest lake entirely contained in the state.
The lake's southern end is surrounded by the Willoughby State Forest. This state park includes Mount Pisgah, Mount Hor, and Bartlett Mountain.
The lake is known for its clarity and chilly temperature.Because of its depth, it freezes later than other lakes in the Northeast Kingdom.The Willoughby River is the outlet from the lake and runs north to feed into the Barton River.
Lake Willoughby, VT Attractions
Devil's Rock, located on the Mount Pisgah side of the lake at a less than halfway point from the lake's southern beach, is a popular diving spot for daring locals and vacationers. It takes its name from a crude, painted image of a devil on the front of the rock that faces out toward the lake.
Along the eastern shore, there are a series of natural that flow into Lake Willoughby.
Lake Willoughby Monster & Myths
"Willy the Lake Monster" - Similar to other lakes in the surrounding area, Willoughby has adopted its own legend of a sea monster, named Willy.
Lake Willoughby, Vermont History
Prior to the floods of 1927, the river had three dams. All were destroyed by the flood. An iron bridge that ran from Evansville to Brownington Center was destroyed and rebuilt. A dam where the Whetstone Dam had formerly stood, was rebuilt to run a sawmill, which was still in operation in 2008. The state Fish and Game Department bought the dam rights to allow rainbow trout to swim upriver.
The rock between Mount Pisgah on the east and Mount Hor on the west was eroded by a valley ice lobe. This ice flow cut across the Willoughby granodiorite and adjacent metamorphic rocks. The ice flow may have exploited highly fractured bedrock along the margin of the Willoughby pluton or joint surfaces within the pluton.