Lake Land Cover Maps

Land use within our watershed directly impacts the water quality of our lakes and ponds. Natural vegetative cover on our shorelines protects stream and lake water quality, provides important fish and wildlife habitat, and prevents land loss due to erosion.  Studies of Vermont's lake shorelines and reports from other states all agree that the first 100 feet of riparian buffer (land along stream banks, rivers, and lakes) is critical to our waterbodies.

Using high-resolution land cover data, the Vermont Agency of Digital Services and the Agency of Natural Resources created a set of maps for each inland lake in the state 10 acres or larger. The five maps include summaries of land cover for:

  1. ​the 100-foot buffer that runs along both sides of the tributary streams into the lake combined with the 100-foot buffer along the lakeshore;
  2. the 250-foot buffer around the lakeshore, the protected shoreland area under the Vermont Shoreland Protection Act;
  3. the 100-foot buffer on each side of the tributaries draining into the lake;
  4. the 100-foot buffer around the lakeshore; and
  5. the entire watershed. 

Each map is accompanied by five summary graphs. The top one summarizes the overall base land cover. Below that graph are four graphs that further break down the land cover for:

  • Impervious Surfaces (bare soil, buildings, other paved, roads and railroads);
  • Agriculture (Crops, Hay and Pasture);
  • Wetlands (Emergent, Forested, Shrub/Scrub);
  • Tree Canopy (Coniferous and Deciduous).  
Lake Land Use Maps
Lake Town Lake Area (acres)
Abenaki Thetford 44
Adams (Woodford) Woodford 21
Amherst Plymouth 81
Athens Athens 21
Bald Hill Westmore 108
Beebe (Hubbardton) Hubbardton 111
Berlin Berlin 293
Big Woodford 31
Bliss Calais 46
Blueberry Warren 48
Bomoseen Castleton 2360
Brownington Brownington 139
Buck Woodbury 39
Burr (Sudbury) Sudbury 85
Carmi Franklin 1402
Caspian Greensboro 789
Cedar Monkton 123
Center Newark 79
Chittenden Chittenden 702
Coggman West Haven 20
Colby Plymouth 20
Cole Jamaica 41
Coles Walden 125
Colton Killington 27
Crystal (Barton) Barton 763
Curtis Calais 72
Danby Danby 56
Daniels Glover 66
Deer Park Halifax 22
Derby Derby 207
Dunmore Salisbury 985
East Long Woodbury 188
Echo (Chartn) Charleston 550
Echo (Hubdtn) Hubbardton 54
Echo (Plymth) Plymouth 104
Eden Eden 194
Elfin Wallingford 16
Elligo Greensboro 174
Elmore Elmore 219
Emerald Dorset 28
Ewell Peacham 51
Fairfield Fairfield 446
Fairlee Fairlee 457
Fern Leicester 69
Forest (Averll) Averill 62
Forest (Calais) Calais 133
Fosters Peacham 61
Gale Meadows Winhall 195
Gates Whitingham 30
Gillett Richmond 30
Glen Castleton 206
Great Averill Averill 828
Great Hosmer Craftsbury 140
Green River Hyde Park 554
Greenwood Woodbury 96
Groton Groton 422
Grout Stratton 84
Half Moon Hubbardton 23
Halls Newbury 85
Hardwood Elmore 49
Harriman (Newbry) Newbury 20
Harriman (Whithm) Wilmington 2040
Harvey Lake Barnet 351
Holland Holland 325
Indian Brook (Essex) Essex 50
Iroquois Hinesburg 243
Jobs Westmore 39
Joes (Danville) Danville 396
Little Averill Averill 162
Little (Wells) Wells 467
Long (Westmore) Westmore 90
Maidstone Maidstone 745
May Barton 116
Metcalf Fletcher 81
Miles Concord 215
Mill (Benson) Benson 39
Miller Strafford 64
Mill (Windsr) Windsor 77
Mirror Calais 85
Mitchell Sharon 28
Morey Fairlee 547
Neal Lunenburg 185
N. E. Developers Wells 27
Newark Newark 153
Nichols Woodbury 171
Ninevah Mt Holly 171
Norton Norton 583
Nulhegan Brighton 37
Osmore Peacham 48
Paran North Bennington 40
Parker Glover 250
Peacham Peacham 340
Pensioner Charleston 173
Perch (Benson) Benson 24
Pigeon Groton 69
Pinneo Hartford 50
Raponda Wilmington 121
Rescue Ludlow 184
Ricker Groton 95
Rood Williamstown 23
Roundmilton Milton 22
Runnemede Windsor 62
Sabin Woodbury 142
Sadawga Whitingham 194
Salem Derby 764
Seymour Morgan 1769
Shadow (Concrd) Concord 128
Shadow (Glover) Glover 210
Shelburne Shelburne 452
Shippee Whitingham 24
Silver (Barnrd) Barnard 84
Silver (Leictr) Leicester 101
Sodom East Montpelier 21
South (Marlboro) Marlboro 68
Spectacle Brighton 103
Spring (Shrwby) Shrewsbury 66
Star Mt Holly 904
St. Catherine Poultney 63
Stoughton Weathersfield 56
Sunset (Benson) Benson 202
Sunset (Brkfld) Brookfield 25
Ticklenaked Ryegate 54
Tildys Glover 33
Turtlehead Marshfield 68
Valley Woodbury 88
Wallace Canaan 532
Wapanacki Wolcott 21
Weatherhead Hollow Guilford 33
Willoughby Westmore 1687
Winona Bristol 248
Wolcott Wolcott 74
Woodward Plymouth 106
Wrightsville Middlesex 190
Zack Woods Hyde Park 23

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