Let’s face it, 2020 and 2021 have been really strange years. With the COVID-19 crisis dumped in our laps suddenly last March, it seems like life came to a standstill. We were stuck inside, limited and prevented from going just about anywhere and facing an uncertain road ahead.
As summer arrived, at least we were all able to get out and enjoy a bit of fresh air. The question then became where to go and what to do in the days of “social distancing”. It has also been a very hot and humid summer with very little rain. One place that I had never visited before was the Waterbury State Park reservoir and dam.
It’s a bit off the beaten path, a quarter mile off VT Route 100, but perhaps that is what’s so great about it. The day I visited, there were only a few people there and plenty of solitude, summer breezes and the sound of the water cascading over the dam.
Waterbury Reservoir is also a great place to fish and sometimes there can be quite a few people taking advantage of that along with swimming and wading in the water. There is also a picnic area and places to have a small bonfire near the parking area.
The Waterbury Reservoir is the ninth largest body of water in the state of Vermont. It was created in the 1930’s by the Vermont Civilian Conservation Corps as a flood control project to protect towns and villages along the Winooski River Valley.
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