About Lake Iroquois

Nestled amid the rolling hills of mid-Chittenden County, Lake Iroquois is a 237-acre spring and tributary fed body of water surrounded by the towns of Williston, Hinesburg, Richmond and St. George.  Measuring approximately one and a third miles long and one-third mile wide, this lake is home to swimming, kayaking, canoeing, fishing and waterskiing.  At the north end is a small public beach, managed by the Lake Iroquois Recreation District, a district formed by the four towns with representatives from each town sitting on its board.  The district also owns a 380-acre forested parcel at the north end where several walking trails lure visitors into the beauties of the surrounding woods. The Vermont State Department of Fish and Wildlife operates a fishing access on the Western shore.  

The lake originally, called Hinesburg Pond, was smaller than it is today.  At one point a dam was installed at the south end of the lake, owned for a time by the Iroquois Manufacturing Company.  The lake grew in size to its present configuration.  Though not functional today, the dam does provide a spillway, of sorts, into a stream that feeds the lower pond and, ultimately, the LaPlatte River.

Water quality is a concern at Lake Iroquois.  The beautiful, quiet lake is threatened by aquatic invasive species.  Eurasian Watermilfoil is evident, and there are some areas of pondweed.  Greeters at the state-owned fishing access meet with boaters to educate them on the threat of introducing additional unwanted plant and animal life, and inspect boats to ensure none enter the lake.

Seven dead-end private roads provide access to shoreland residences.  The lake is primarily surrounded by seasonal homes and camps.  Pine Shore Drive in Hinesburg is mostly year-round, and there are year-round homes in several other locations around the shoreline.  There is no road or footpath that completely surrounds the lake.

Early morning sunrises with mist rolling off the water’s surface, greet the lone kayaker or sheller while blue herons, other interesting birds and frogs let their presence be known,  The evening sunset ushers in a night of peace soon after the canoes and kayaks have quietly slipped across the water’s surface.

The Lake Iroquois Association, a separate non-profit organization from the Lake Iroquois Recreation District, is focused solely on maintaining and improving the water quality, The LIA seeks grant money and membership dues to engage in a variety of best practices to insure that everything possible is being done to insure the lake will be a great resource for generations to come.  

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