Swimming in the North Country

First Connecticut Lake:  (Located in the town of Pittsburg, 5 miles northeast of the village center, Rt.3)
 A great place to launch your boat and spend a day on the water relaxing or fishing!  Take your pick of the three boat launches.  Also has a well kept beach, located near the dam, a great spot to spend a summer’s day!

Second Connecticut Lake:  (Located  in Pittsburg, 2 miles upstream from First Connecticut Lake, Rt. 3.)
Launch your boat here to enjoy a day on the water surrounded by vast mountains.  Also a great spot for picnicking, swimming  and place to spend a hot summer day!

Third Connecticut Lake:  (Located 5 miles (8 km) upstream from Second Connecticut Lake and less than 1 mile (1.6 km) south of the Canadian border on Rt. 3)
Like the other lakes, it is equipped with a boat launch.  A great place to relax, cool off in the water and picnic.

Lake Francis:(Located  south of all the Connecticut Lakes,  east of Pittsburg. It is located along the boundary between Pittsburg and Clarksville, NH)
This man-made lake was built in the 1930’s as an Army Corps of Engineers project for flood control.  It offers boat launches and a camping site.  Come to camp or just come to swim and picnic for the day.

Brighton State Park:  (102 State Park Road, Island Pond, VT. 05846)
Brighton State Park is located on the shores of Spectacle Pond.  A sandy day beach is available for use along with a bathhouse on site.  It’s a great place to swim, relax on the beach, grill, have a picnic or play recreational games on the grassy area it also features.  Camping is also available.

Maidstone State Park:(5956 Maidstone Lake Road, Maidstone, VT 05905)
Maidstone is the most remote of Vermont’s state parks. There are camping sites, boat launch access and a beach that offers nice sand and picnic areas. There is also a bathhouse on site as well as a grassy area to play recreational games.

Lake Wallace:(Located right on VT Rt. 114.  From Colebrook NH, take Rt. 3 to Stewartstown NH. Turn left at the Spa Restaurant, stay straight onto Rt. 114, lake will be on your right)
A nice size lake, it is accessible from VT or Canada. Half of the lake is in VT, the other half is in Canada.  It’s great for boating and having a relaxing day on the water.

Connecticut River:(Creates the border between NH & VT)
Offers many swimming holes, canoeing/ kayaking and places to picnic along the river bank.  Look for signage for boat access.  Try paddling from the Bridge St. bridge in Colebrook, to the Columbia Covered Bridge.

Androscoggin River:(Access in Errol, NH and follow south)
Is a great place to take a dip on a hot summer’s day or even go whitewater rafting!


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