The Lake St Catherine and Lake Bomoseen region of Vermont encompasses the towns of Wells, Castleton, and Poultney.
About the Lake Region
The towns of Wells, Castleton, and Poultney in the Lake St. Catherine and Lake Bomoseen area are home to some of the most picturesque landscapes in all of Vermont.
Lake St. Catherine is an 852-acre body of freshwater that is in the towns of Wells and Poultney. Lake St. Catherine State Park is a 117-acre recreation area, campground, and beach that has long been a destination for visitors to relax and recharge.
Lake Bomoseen is a much larger 2400-acre freshwater lake in the towns of Castleton and Hubbardton. It is the largest lake that is within state boundaries in all of Vermont. Bomoseen State Park provides water access and recreational opportunities, while the lake also has public beaches, marinas, and boat launches.
Living the Lake Life
The lakes in the region are a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. You can enjoy time swimming, boating around on the lake, fishing and water skiing. If you decide to drop a line, you might catch some bass, trout, perch, or northern pike in the lakes’ cool waters. And even on land, you can enjoy some hiking where you might just spot a white-tailed deer or even an occasional moose.
Historic Charm in a Vibrant Community
The Village and East Poultney are listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. You’ll discover historic sites in the area, such as the Union Academy built-in 1791, the Melodeon Factory built-in 1840, and the Victorian schoolhouse built in 1896. Just north of the region, in Hubbardton, is the home to a famous revolutionary battlefield that was part of the Battle of Saratoga. Even with this kind of rich history, the area boasts an active Chamber of Commerce and business community that embraces and fosters economic prosperity and growth in the region.
A University Town
Castleton is home to Castleton University, a state university offering a wide variety of curriculum, including business, nursing, sports management, and liberal arts. Area fans of CU also enjoy watching high-level D3 collegiate competitions – including football, soccer, ice hockey, baseball, and lacrosse.
Hit the Links in the Summer
The Lake St. Catherine Country Club gives golfers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains while enjoying 18-holes measuring 6200 yards. However, this mountain course may play closer to 6660 yards. Many changes in elevation, amazing views, a newly renovated clubhouse, and a beloved golf course awaits you.
Local Essentials and Easy Access to Shopping and Dining
The area towns have general stores, post offices, restaurants, gas stations, houses of worship, specialty stores, and more. All the essentials you need are right around the corner. But, everything you’d ever want can be found within a short drive of the area. Castleton is a comfortable ride to Rutland for groceries, hardware, specialty, pharmacy, malls, restaurants, and more. Meanwhile, Wells and Poultney are a short drive to Granville with similar stores and services.
Local Public Schools
Castleton, Wells, and Poultney all have excellent local school options for children and teens.
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.