With more than 1,700 acres of land ranging from forests and fields to wetlands and a reservoir, North Hartland Lake has recreation opportunities for everyone! In summer months, visitors can swim, sunbathe, and picnic in shady woods or in one of our shelters.
Anglers can try their luck in our annually stocked lake. A boat launch is available for sailors, and this is a popular location for canoeists to launch from and explore the beauties of nearby Quechee Gorge. For those who want to explore the beauties of nature on dry land, we provide a nature trail, plus ranger conducted programs. Winter sports such as snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing are also popular activities at North Hartland Lake.
Stop by at the Nature Center, located near the large shelter and the bathroom, for fun games and information for children.
Also, visit the Quechee Gorge Visitor Center to find out more about the history of this area and information about local businesses. The visitor's center opened in 2005, and since this time, more than 600,000 people have visited the center. Visitors all agreed that the center was a much needed addition to the community and we invite you to come enjoy the building for yourself. Visitor information, both electronic and brochure format, is now available along with interpretive displays about the history of the gorge and local flora and fauna.
The Visitor Center is located on Route 4 between Quechee State Park and Quechee Gorge, approximately 8 miles from Woodstock, Vt., and two miles from the intersection of I-89 and Route 4. The Visitor Center is open 7 days a week from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Ever wish you could identify some of the area's flowers? Learn how to make a cough remedy from what's growing right under your feet? Explore Quechee Gorge with someone who could explain how it came to be? Send your kids to a FREE, nature oriented day camp and get them away from the television this summer? Well, wish no more! North Hartland Lake offers a variety of free programs in the summer months. They range from wetland rambles to insect safaris. Ever wish a ranger would come to your school or organization and present a program of YOUR choosing? North Hartland Lake rangers have done off site programs on topics ranging from historic flooding, to wildlife, to water safety, as well as on site programs for large groups upon request. So, please, leave your pets at home and join us!
Reservations and Fees
Nothing's more enjoyable than a picnic during the summer. At North Hartland Lake, picnickers can dine near the lake or in the shady woods or take advantage of our covered picnic shelters.
Our shelters can be reserved for a fee. Grills are provided at the shelters, with playground equipment, horseshoe pits, volleyball nets, and restrooms nearby.
A Nature Center with exhibits and activities for children of all ages is also located in the recreation area. North Hartland Lake has also been the site of large gatherings ranging from weddings to Scout day camps and "Klondike Derbies."
The large upper shelter is located near the bathroom and the playground. It is on the left side of the road when driving into the park.
The small shelter is on the right side of the road when driving into the park. It is across from the playground and bathroom.
The large lower shelter is the newest shelter. It is located on the right side of the road and closer to the beach.
For more information on shelters and special use permits, please call (802) 295-2855.
- Boat & canoe launch - $1.00
- Swimming beach - $1.00 (over 12 yrs. old)*
- "Upper" picnic shelter reservation (large covered shelter which accommodates roughly 100 adults)- $85.00
- "Lower" picnic shelter reservation (large covered shelter which accommodates roughly 100 adults)- $85.00
- "Small" picnic shelter reservation (small covered shelter which accommodates roughly 60 adults) - $65.00
- Annual passes - $30.00
*Maximum fee per day per vehicle - $4.00.
The fees vary depending on the event. Please call the Park Manager for more information.
North Hartland Lake is more than 1700 acres with a variety of forested lands, wetlands, fields, and the lake itself. Park Rangers use an assortment of management practices to improve or conserve the different habitat types. One such management practice is prescribed burning to maintain important open field habitats at North Hartland Lake. Certain species of wildflowers benefit from this practice while others require wooded areas to grow. Mowing of fields and artificial nest structures are also used to keep the project lands attractive to a variety of game and nongame species. Forest management, including thinning and harvesting, is also used. Brush piles are assembled in different locations to create cover for small animals.
To insure that this remains a wonderful place for both humans to visit and animals to live, Corps rangers work with other federal and state agencies to maintain biodiversity of the project.