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Lake Willoughby, in the town of Westmore, is considered by many to be Vermont’s most spectacular lake and will mesmerize you with its beauty. With dramatic cliffs towering over crystal-clear waters, it is known as the “Lucerne of America,” due to its similarity to Switzerland’s Lake Lucerne. The sheer cliffs of Mt. Pisgah and Mt. Hor on either side of the lake create the unmistakable Willoughby Gap, provide favorable nesting habitat for peregrine falcons, and call to cliff climbers from all over the world who come here to refine or define their skills. The lake consists of 1,643 acres, and with a maximum depth of 328 feet it is the deepest in the state and a favorite among scuba divers. There are two public beaches to choose from for swimming and soaking up the sun while enjoying the sights. The boating, canoeing, and kayaking are superb, with a public boat ramp located on Route 5A. The lake, listed as a National Natural Landmark, boasts catches that include rainbow trout, lake trout, brown trout, landlocked salmon, and yellow perch. The lake’s southern end is wrapped by a portion of the 7,300-acre Willoughby State Forest, so you’ll be surrounded by magnificent scenery in every direction. The forest also offers excellent options for hiking, as well as cross-country ski trails. You can find bait, a full-service deli, and a wide selection of local and Vermont-made products at the Willoughby Lake Store. Take a stroll at the 356-acre Sentinel Rock State Park that has views over the lake. For something completely different, head to Grandad’s Invitational Golf Course in West Burke, or drive a little further to East Burke Village, the birthplace of Kingdom Trails and home to Burke Mountain, where you can enjoy classic Vermont skiing.

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