Outdoor Recreation


Four people jump off a raft into the water on a warm day.
In the distance, three people are in a lake with mountains in the back.

Swimming on a Summer Day

After hiking, paddling, biking, or just touring around on a hot summer day in Vermont, few things feel as good as swimming in a lake, pond, river, or iconic swimming hole. Summer in the Green Mountains is calling, whether you spend the day at a state park or plunge into a deep, cold waterfall pool formed by glacial ice

A person swims while three others sit on the beach at a quiet lake.
A person carries a paddle board into the water on a sunny day.

Vermont State Parks

Vermont’s 55 state parks are a gateway to some of the state’s best swimming for the whole family. Discover sandy beaches at lakes and reservoirs, places to cool off in rivers and swimming holes, and even a swimming pool with lifeguards. Additionally, many parks rent gear like stand-up paddleboards and paddle boats.

You can swim into Canada on Lake Memphremagog.

More Vermont Facts

As seen from above, a small town bordering a large body of water.

Vermont Lakes and Rivers

From plunging northern lakes surrounded by rugged mountains to a southern river with fish aplenty, find a shore in Vermont to cast your line, dip your paddle, or just grab a book and relax with a picnic.

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Vermont River Conservancy

Working to protect Vermont’s waterways both for the wildlife that call them home and for public access. The Vermont River Conservancy shares a guide to waterfalls, gorges, and some of Vermont’s best swimming holes.

Learn More about Vermont River Conservancy