Whether you come for the day or are planning on staying for a while in one of the lovely lakefront vacation homes or a nearby cabin, you can’t go wrong when making Lake Saint Catherine your destination. This pretty little lake is nestled between the gentle, forested mountains that surround it. Our Lake Saint Catherine rentals can help you enjoy the perfect escape!
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Lake Saint Catherine Park
At over 100 acres, Lake Saint Catherine Park has been a destination for vacationers looking for a quieter, mountain lake experience with plenty of outdoor fun since the early 1950s. Pack a picnic lunch and head to the lake for a great day trip for the family. Have fun doing your own thing or take part in one of the parks hands-on activities like the Catamount Crawl. Just one of many educational but fun programs that the park offers, the fun Catamount Crawl tests your knowledge of the area’s catamounts (known as mountain lions or cougars by most of us). Learn about their history and touch an old cougar skull, skin, and even scat if you dare.
The park offers plenty of scenic picnicking spots with views of the lake, and the two lakefront beaches provide plenty of space for lazing the day away while watching the kids swim and play in the cool, refreshing lake. There’s a large, grassy field nearby that’s perfect for a game of Frisbee or tag football. A concession stand, restrooms, and a children’s playground are just a few more amenities in the park.
There’s a boat launch so you can get out on the water to do a little water skiing or fishing. If you don’t have access to a boat or kayak, rentals are available at the concessions area, as is bait and basic gear. Speaking of fishing, there’s good fishing to be had here for anglers of any experience level. The very northern and southern ends of the lake are shallower, with rock piles and outcroppings, boat docks and vegetation providing great locations for pike, perch, and bass. The main area of the lake has deeper, colder water with rainbow trout, brown trout, and smelt. If you like the cold, you can even try your hand at ice fishing.
Mountain bikers and hikers can take a short trail through meadows and the ancient forest (known as the Big Trees of Lake Saint Catherine) that surrounds the lake, and enjoy picturesque views of the lake and Birdseye Mountain along the way. These easy trails are just over a mile long and are pet-friendly. Depending on the season, you’ll enjoy fields of colorful wildflowers or the autumn colors of the forest. There are a few old growth northern red oaks that are absolutely huge!
Enjoy plenty of opportunities for bird and wildlife watching as you hike or sunbathe on the beach, with beavers, raccoons, white tail deer, skunks and black bears wandering around. If you’re lucky, maybe you’ll spot an elusive moose or that catamount.
Lake Saint Catherine Rentals
Choose from cozy cabins, alpine-style chalets, and lakefront vacation homes. We offer pet-friendly rentals too. Most of our Lake Saint Catherine rentals have open living areas with sliding doors leading to decks and balconies that offer picturesque views of the lake and surrounding forest. You’ll need to wrap up a bit on those chilly mornings as you enjoy your first cup of coffee out on the deck.
Free Wi-Fi keeps you in touch with the outside world, and you can stream all the kids’ favorite movies for family movie night. Fully equipped kitchens come with microwaves and all-important coffee makers. Snuggle up at night after a long day of skiing or kayaking in front of the indoor fireplace or outdoor fire pit. You can also choose a vacation rental with a private hot tub to really soothe those tired muscles.
Nearby Local Attractions
During snowy winter months, head to Pico Mountain for all the skiing activities you want at one of Vermont’s most popular ski resorts, or head to Killington Resort for year-round activities for the entire family. For those sad months without snow, you can hike parts of the historic Appalachian Trail with hikes to lovely water falls like Thundering Falls or take a break from outdoor activities and spend a few fun educational hours at the Norman Rockwell Museum.
Lake Saint Catherine is located about an hour from Killington, not quite 40 miles to the southwest, at 3034 VT Route 30 in Poultney. The park itself is open for the season from May 28th to the 2nd Monday in October, from 10am until sunset. For more information about the park, give the rangers a call at 802-287-9158.
Give us a call for help finding that perfect Lake Saint Catherine rental, or any vacation rental in the Killington area. We’d love to help make your stay here the best it can be!