Ponds and Lakes in Groton State Forest
These ponds and lakes can be located on the Groton State Forest Map.
Lake Groton (Groton Pond)
Lake Groton (422 acres) is long and narrow in shape and lies in a north-south direction. It is approximately two and a half miles in length, about a half mile in width, and has a maximum depth of about thirty-five feet. A dam impounds the water at its southern end. This area is shallow and contains wetlands on the eastern shore and a common loon nesting site. Lake Groton is popular for all types of water-based recreational activities and has two state parks and approximately 140 residences (camps and year round homes) bordering its shoreline. The majority of the private lands along the shores are surrounded by state lands. The eastern shore is less developed as a majority of the shoreline is part of Groton State Forest. There are no developed public boat access areas on Lake Groton other than through Boulder Beach State Park (cartop) and Stillwater State Park (camper only gravel boat launch). These boat launches are not accessible outside of the State Park seasons of Memorial Day to Labor Day. The fish population consists of smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, brown bullheads, and sunfish.
Kettle Pond (109 acres) is located in the northern portion of Groton State Forest close to Vermont Route 232, and is long and narrow in shape lying in an east-west direction. There is a year round day users parking area adjacent to VT Route 232 and access to the pond is by a trail (700 feet) to a boat dock where users can launch their boats. There also is a hiking trail around the pond with five remote lean-tos and one remote campsite that can be accessed by trail or by boat. Located on the eastern side of the pond is the group camping area of Kettle Pond State Park. There is a camper’s beach and cartop boat launch within the State Park that is only available to campers. There is one private camp located on the far end of the pond. Motorboats are allowed, but there is a five mile per hour speed limit (no wake). Most people use the pond for fishing, canoeing and kayaking, and swimming. The fish population consists of smallmouth bass, yellow perch, pumpkinseed, and rainbow trout, which are stocked.
Osmore Pond (48 acres) is completely surrounded by Groton State Forest and is accessed through New Discovery State Park. It is also long and narrow, mainly lying in a north-south direction. No motorboats are allowed on the pond and the primary activities are fishing, canoeing, and kayaking. There are four remote lean-tos located along the shoreline that are accessed via boat or on foot on the hiking trail around the pond. There is also a group picnic shelter and picnic sites on the western side of the pond. Boats can be carried from the parking area to the Pond, or boats and canoes may be rented from the park. In the spring prior to the park season and in the fall after the season, free access is provided via Osmore Pond Road, an unmarked road located between the New Discovery entrance and the Maintenance shop entrance. During the season, from mid-May to Labor Day, anglers must either be a camper at New Discovery State Park or pay a day use fee. The fish population consists of brook trout which are stocked.
Ricker Pond (95 acres) is located in the central portion of Groton State Forest along VT Route 232 just south of Lake Groton. Ricker Pond State Park lies along the western edge of the pond, which also runs in a north-south direction. There are 13 private camps located on the northern edge of the pond, and they are only accessed by boat or on foot through Ricker Pond State Park. The Montpelier-Wells River Rail Trail (Cross Vermont Trail) also runs through the middle of the park (which is also part of the campground road system). Motorboats are allowed on Ricker Pond, and the primary recreational use of the pond is for waterskiing, fishing, cruising, paddling, and swimming. Within Ricker Pond State Park there is a graveled boat launch available to campers and there is a cartop launch at the south end of the pond where the general public can access the pond without paying a fee. The fish population consists of smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, chain pickerel, yellow perch, brown bullheads, and sunfish.
Noyes Pond (39 acres) is located in the southern section of Groton State Forest at Seyon Lodge State Park. It is wholly within Groton State Forest, and the shores are mainly undeveloped except where the park facilities are located (the eastern shores of the pond). The primary use of the pond is for trout fly-fishing which is regulated and only state park boats may be used on the pond. Noyes Pond is a limited-entry fishery. The Department of Forest and Parks controls access through a single point and caps fishing intensity by controlling the number of boats on the water at any one time. Special regulations prohibit the use of bait and require barbless hooks. Noyes Pond has two fish species – brook trout and northern redbelly dace. The populations of both species are the product of natural reproduction within the pond or its tributaries.
Peacham Pond (340 acres) is the second largest pond in the Groton State Forest. It is located in the far northern section of Groton State Forest and is surrounded on three sides by state land, except along the shores where there are approximately 220 camps. Peacham Pond is popular for swimming, fishing, and boating (motorized and nonmotorized). There is a Fish and Wildlife Access Area with a public boat launch for the general public to use to gain access to the pond. This is accessible year round.
Martins Pond (82 acres) is also located on the periphery of Groton State Forest in the northeast part of the Forest. There are private camps on its shores, and recreation include swimming, fishing, and both motorized and nonmotorized boating on Martins Pond. There is a Fish and Wildlife Access Area with a public boat launch for the general public to use to gain access to the pond.
Turtlehead Pond or Marshfield Pond
Marshfield Pond (69 acres) is located in the northwestern part of Groton State Forest, and is surrounded by state land on about half of the pond. The Montpelier-Wells River Rail Trail (Cross Vermont Trail) runs close by the pond. There are also a number of private camps located on the pond. The pond is mainly used by small motorboats and canoes and kayaks. Fishing also occurs at the pond.
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