The Lake St Catherine and Lake Bomoseen region of Vermont encompasses the towns of Wells, Castleton, and Poultney.
About the Lake Region
From the towns of Wells, Castleton, and Poultney, you'll be surrounded by some of the most stunning landscapes in Vermont. Be sure to explore Lake St. Catherine - a 852-acre freshwater body that's home to the charming Lake St. Catherine State Park and its beachside campground. Plus, don't miss out on the majestic 2400-acre Lake Bomoseen which is the biggest lake in all of Vermont! Located within Bomoseen State Park, make sure you explore the area's public beaches, marinas, boat launches, and other recreational opportunities while you're there. Whether you're here to relax or recharge, this is one place you won't want to miss while in southern Vermont!
Living the Lake Life
The region's lakes are a true haven for those looking to get away from the hustle of daily life. Spend a day swimming in their crystal-clear waters, take a boat out to explore the lake, or drop a line and fish for bass, trout, perch, or even northern pike! And if you're looking for more adventure on land, don't forget to go on a hike! Take some time to breathe in the fresh air and marvel at your surroundings - you may even spot some white-tailed deer or an occasional moose along the way.
Historic Charm in a Vibrant Community
Discover a piece of history in the towns of East Poultney and The Village - both listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. Take some time to explore Union Academy, built in 1791, or take a trip back to the 1800s with Melodeon Factory (1840) and Victorian schoolhouse (1896). The region also boasts an important Revolutionary War history with its own battle, part of the Battle of Saratoga, located in Hubbardton. Despite its strong heritage, the area is an active business hub with a Chamber of Commerce that continues to nurture economic growth and prosperity for those living in this picturesque region.
A University Town
Castleton University, located in Castleton, is one of the top state universities offering a wide range of courses to suit any student's interest. From business and nursing to sports management and liberal arts, CU is an ideal destination for those looking to expand their field of study. And for those looking for an exciting collegiate sporting experience, CU competes at the D3 level in such sports as football, soccer, ice hockey, baseball and lacrosse.
Hit the Links in the Summer
Experience the beauty of Vermont's mountains and partake in an unforgettable golfing experience at Lake St. Catherine Country Club. Boasting 18-holes measuring 6200 yards, a course that can actually play up to 6660 yards, and breathtaking mountain views, golfers will be sure to enjoy every minute spent at this beloved club. Further adding to its appeal are the recent renovations to the clubhouse which provide a modern yet comfortable setting for all its visitors.
Local Essentials and Easy Access to Shopping and Dining
Castleton and the surrounding towns offer everything you need to make life comfortable. From grocery stores, gas stations, post offices, specialty shops and places of worship, all your essential needs are right around the corner. If you're looking for something more, there are plenty of options within a short distance. For instance, Rutland is just a short ride away for those looking for groceries, hardware stores , malls, pharmacies and restaurants. Wells and Poultney are also just a car ride away from Granville which has similar stores and services.
Local Public Schools
Wells, Poultney and Castleton in the state of Vermont offer students many different education options. Students can attend the public schools that services each town, or they can opt for private or parochial schools. Those seeking higher education have multiple choices at nearby colleges, such as Castleton University. Additionally, there are numerous community-based learning opportunities for all ages to participate in, ranging from academic programs to sports activities. With a diverse selection of options available in these three towns, parents and students alike have plenty of choices when it comes to their educational needs.
Area Elementary Schools
Poultney Elementary School: A public school located in Poultney, VT, with 230 students in grades PK-6 and a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1.
Wells Village School: A public school located in Wells, VT, with less than 100 students in grades PK-6 with a student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1.
Castleton Elementary School: A public school located in Castleton, VT, with 370 students in grades PK-8 and a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1.
Area Middle and High Schools
Poultney High School: A public school located in Poultney, VT, with 187 students in grades 7-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 9 to 1.
Fair Haven Union High School: A public school located in Fair Haven, VT, with 400 students in grades 9-12 and a student-teacher ratio of 11 to 1.
Getting Here and There
The Lake Bomoseen and Lake St. Catherine area are situated on State Route 30, which is the major west-side north-south route from Middlebury (and easy access to Burlington) to Manchester and then east to Brattleboro (Interstate 91). The area is less than one hour to New York’s Northway (Route 87), which takes you to almost everywhere in the Northeast you want to go. You also have close access to Vermont Route 4, the main east-west highway running from New York Interstate 87all the way to New Hampshire Interstate 89 and 91.
The region is served by Amtrak trains, with a station in nearby Rutland, VT. The closest regional airport is also in Rutland, where commuters will find the Southern Vermont Regional Airport, with daily flights to Boston and all its connections. Those who live in the area can also drive to Burlington International Airport, arriving in under 2 hours, where flight departures can take you anywhere in the world.