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Lowell Lake State Park

Londonderry; Windham County 356.50 Acres

Lowell Lake State Park reflection

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General Description:

Lowell Lake State Park was established in 1977 when the State of Vermont purchased 207 acres from the estate of Arline Weiss Gardner on the southern and eastern shores of Lowell Lake. This area included the dam, cemetery, and a car-top boat launch. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, this portion of the property featured the seasonal Lowell Lake Resort Hotel. With assistance from the Vermont Land Trust, the “White Property” was acquired in 1996. This area included a former summer camp with a rustic lodge and numerous lakeside cabins, two islands, and a maintenance area that is now the park headquarters. The park property encloses the majority of the lakeshore, including some state significant wetland habitat.

Unique Features:

The heavily forested setting of the lake and woods here give visitors a feeling of being in a remote and wild setting. The lake is the key feature here. Adjacent wetlands add ecological and aesthetic diversity that visitors enjoy and wildlife rely on.

Recreation Overview:

Lowell Lake is currently a day use area where popular activities include hiking, fishing, picnicking, and non-motorized boat use. The 3.5-mile long Lowell Lake Trail is one of the main features of the park. It circles Lowell Lake using a foot path and portions of snowmobile trail, multi-use path on the western side of the park and part of a town road. Trail highlights include a Revolutionary War-era cemetery, stands of large white pine trees, and scenic views of the lake and wetlands. The trail is located on relatively flat terrain and the hike is easy, with some wet sections. The trail is marked with blue paint blazes.

The public entrance and seasonal parking area is located at the end of Ice House Road at the southern end of the pond by the dam. There is space for 20 vehicles, and a few boat trailers. A portable toilet is available during the summer months.

Planning Overview:

An update of the Park's General Management Plan was drafted and revised in the period of 2016-2018. In the process of public involvement, two public meetings and one small focus group meeting were held in Londonderry, Vermont. Significant adjustments to the draft plan and scope of projects was made in response. These are outlined in the documents below.