Ball Mountain Lake

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Ball Mountain Lake

Vermont

(802) 874-4881

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Things To Do

Overview

The natural setting surrounding Ball Mountain Lake is enjoyed by a variety of visitors. Panoramic views from the overlook area at the dam offer sightseers, photographers, picnickers, and hikers pleasing views of Stratton and Bromley Mountains. Two weekends a year Ball Mountain Dam releases water for whitewater rafting, canoeing, and kayaking. Located within the reservoir lands at Ball Mountain Lake is the Winhall Brook Camping Area. Situated about seven miles north of Ball Mountain Lake off Route 100, the camping area offers a variety of recreational pursuits. The entire family will enjoy the trails, the play area for the children, the general camping area environment, and the interpretive programs given by Park Rangers. Park Rangers are available to help visitors and answer questions. During the winter, visitors can enjoy cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling on almost 10 miles of trails. Ball Mountain Lake releases water for recreational whitewater use and enjoyment in April and September in conjunction with the seasonal drawdowns of the pool. The length of the April and September releases is dictated by pool storage and current river flows.

Map of Ball Mountain Lake

Latitude, Longitude: 43.114643, -72.799873

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    Contact the park for bicycling information.

  • Camping

    Located within the reservoir lands at Ball Mountain Lake is the Winhall Brook Camping Area. Situated about seven miles north of Ball Mountain Lake off Route 100, the camping area (see map)offers a variety of recreational pursuits. The entire family will enjoy the trails, the play area for the children, the general camping area environment, and the interpretive programs given by Park Rangers.

  • Fishing

    Part of the Connecticut River Anadromous Fish Restoration Program, Atlantic salmon are stocked and smallmouth bass and brown trout fishing is available.

  • Hiking

    Panoramic views from the overlook area at the dam offer sightseers, photographers, picnickers, and hikers pleasing views of Stratton and Bromley Mountains.

  • Hunting

    Hunting and fishing are permitted in accordance with Federal and Vermont Fish and Wildlife laws and posted regulations.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is encouraged. Picnicking at the campsties includes use of the grills and tables that are provided with playground equipment, horseshoe pits, and restrooms nearby.

  • Water Sports

    Ball Mountain Lake releases water for recreational whitewater use and enjoyment in April and September in conjunction with the seasonal drawdowns of the pool. The length of the April and September releases is dictated by pool storage and current river flows. The 8-mile run from the Ball Mountain Dam to the backwater of Townshend Lake has class II-IV rapids with 1 to 2 foot drops. Private rafting companies along with paddling clubs from around New England and New York come to enjoy the 1500 CFS (cubic feet per second) release. Current river levels can be obtained from the USGS Gauging Station in Jamaica, and scheduled release dates can be obtained from the Reservoir Regulation Team.

  • Winter Sports

    During the winter, visitors can enjoy cross country skiing, snowshoeing, and snowmobiling on almost 10 miles of trails.

Seasonality/Weather

The dam access road is open daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. from the third Saturday in May through the weekend after Labor Day and Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. from mid-September through mid-May.

Directions

Driving

From Brattleboro, north on VT 30 to Jamaica to dam. The campground is 5 miles north of the dam, off VT 100.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 874-4881

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