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Lake Willoughby, also known as theLucerne of America, is considered by some as being the most beautiful lake in Vermont. Located in the town  of Westmore, a short disance off 1-91 and 30 miles north of St. Johnsbury,  this body of water is known for its crystal clear water, natural sand beaches and great fishing.

With a maximum depth of 312 feet, this is also the deepest lake in the Northeast Kingdom, which makes it a favorite of divers. It covers 1692 acres and is bounded one one side by the steep cliffs of Mt. Pisgah and on the other by Mt. Hor.  The lake was formed 12,000 years ago, when glacier rivers of ice carved  out 'U' shaped valleys and spectacular cliffs of granite in Vermont's  Northeast Kingdom.

The effect is strikingly similar to a Norwegian  fjord. About one third of the lake has lakefront properties. There  are public beaches at the north and south ends and public access for  boaters. The remainder is Willoughby state forest. This means excellent hiking and even ice climbing.  I once hiked to the top of Mont Pisgah and then was foolish enough to leave some binoculars on a ledge.  There was no alternative but to hike back up the mountain. The binoculars were still there, of course.  This is the kind of area where you'd expect that.

If you enjoy the outdoors,  this place is for you. Bicycling, mountain biking, fishing, ice fishing,  hiking and some of the best ice climbing in North America await you. There's also skidooing, nordic and alpine skiing at nearby Burke Mountain, nature walks, wildflowers, birding,  leaf peeping, canoeing, windsurfing, scuba diving, and swimming. There's also peace and quiet,  stunning views and sunsets.

Local Amenities and Activities:
There are hiking trails, a community church, campgrounds, a country store, gift shops and a deli right beside the lake. Nearby are  restaurants and b&bs, a farmers' market, a craft shop, an art gallery  and boat rentals. There's a summer chamber music festival.

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