Lake Fairlee - Thetford (457 acres)

Lake Fairlee - Thetford (457 acres)

Thetford, Vermont 05045

Lake Fairlee Association website
Lake Fairlee Loon Cam (seasonal)

Tips for Birding

A lake with the potential for spring and fall waterfowl fallout. The public road on the north side of the lake offers views and a few pullouts for short-term parking. A spotting scope is very helpful.

About this Location

Lake Fairlee is a natural lake that covers 457 acres of land. It was enlarged in 1939 by damming a tributary of the Ompompanoosuc River. The lake is popular for water sports such as sailing, wakeboarding, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking. It is also home to four children's camps that offer summer programs on the lake. The lake is surrounded by scenic hills and forests.

This freshwater pond and its surrounding watershed display remarkable diversity. The varied habitats for plants and animals provide unique nurture in themselves. In addition, the juxtaposition between field and forests, land and water, wetland and stream create seasonal and varied life cycles that take advantage of more than one habitat. Many animals and plants survive the winter via the protection of the lake. The forest retreats provide safe hibernation for animals of all classes.

Lake Fairlee (457 acres) is a site for the Vermont LoonWatch annual survey. Birders are encouraged to volunteer as often and whenever they are able. See Join LoonWatch for details.


  • Restrooms on site

  • Wheelchair accessible trail

  • Entrance fee

Content from Lake Fairlee Association website

Last updated February 29, 2024