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Emerald Lake

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Emerald Lake
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last update on Mar 15, 2023
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Sea level: 711.94 ft
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Leisure facilities

Pedal Boat Rental
Rowboat Rental


Lawn for sunbathing
Sandy Beach Area


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A State Park in the perfect location

Emerald Lake is perfectly located between Manchester and Rutland, so it is easily accessible by car and bike. Not only the location makes Emerald Lake a popular destination for everyone but also the idyllic sight and many activites offered for young and old. The lake itself is located within a state park, which is kept by local staff therefore the park is very clean and you will always have a person to contact around.

Swimming within blooming nature

The lake is especially beautiful to swim in since it is surrounded by the marvelous green of the forests around. This colour is gorgeously reflected by the lake therefore it got the name Emerald Lake. For everyone who'd rather stay on the water than swim in it, motorized boats, canoes and smaller paddle boats are available for rent


Lawn for sunbathing
Sandy Beach Area

Things to do

A relaxing day for the whole family

The lake is ideal to spend the day with the whole family. Sunbath either on one of the spacious lawns or the small sandy beach provided. While adults relax kids can play in the sand and built castles. After wearing yourself out in or on the lake you might want to enjoy a snack or a whole picnic underneath the pavilions. And again kids may go on the playground close by while adults keep it quite.

Day trip or camping trip?

If you want to spend more than one day at Emerald Lake that won't be a problem since you will find about 67 camping spots around the lake, where you can stay for a couple of days. So don't miss out on visiting the State Park in East Dorset. Whatever you decide to do, stay one day or longer, this place has much to offer and is definitely worth a visit.


Pedal Boat Rental
Rowboat Rental

Interesting facts

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  • Grab something to eat and drink at the kiosk and be delighted by the friendly service.
  • Families will love the nearby playground, ensuring some quality time for the parents and activity time for their kids.
  • There is a campground close to the Swimming Lake. Enjoy a soothing campfire in provided fire pits at the water’s edge of the beautiful Swimming Lake.
  • There are numerous parking facilities nearby. Restrooms where you may also get changed are available at the Swimming Lake.

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How to get there

By car:

Emerald Lake is located in East Dorset. To get there by car, starting in Rutland, take route 7 south for about 38km/23.6mi. Then turn right onto Sweeney Lane and shortly after turn left onto Emerald Lake Lane, which you follow until you reach the actual lake.

If you approach the lake from the south you should take route 7 north for about 13km/8.1mi and eventually turn left onto Sweeney Lane on which you make a sharp left turn onto Emerald Lake Lane to get to the lake.

By bike:

The distance between Rutland and Emerald Lake is about 41km/25.5mi so you can use this opportunity and bike to the lake. Therefore, starting in Rutland, start by crossing the river on River Street and then turn left onto Dorr Drive. After passing the first main road the street merges into Creek Road, which you follow for about 13km/8.1mi. Now pass Wallingford and keep biking alongside the river on route 7 until you get to Sweeney Lane on the right. After a sharp left turn you'll reach your destination.



Vermont State Parks
Emerald Lake Lane
East Dorset, VT


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