Lake Morey - Fairlee (547 acres)

Lake Morey - Fairlee (547 acres)

Fairlee, Vermont 05045

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Tips for Birding

Look for migrating and wintering waterfowl. A public road circles the lake with frequent spots to stop and look from. Unfortunately, parking is very limited. A spotting scope will be helpful, especially when grebes, scoters and other diving ducks are present. In winter, look for waterfowl on open water near the lake if the lake is completely frozen.

About this Location

Lake Morey is a naturally-formed freshwater lake located just west of the Connecticut River in the Town of Fairlee. The lake’s surface area encompasses approximately 545 acres. It is relatively shallow with a mean depth of 28 feet, a maximum depth of 43 feet, and a shoreline of approximately 5 miles in length. The lake is largely surrounded by forested hills rich in pines, hemlock, birch, maple, and other trees. These forests include hiking trails, natural habitats, diverse species, and important (but fragile) ecosystems. Lake Morey is home to bald eagles, several species of herons, loons, and other wildlife. Summer visitors enjoy boating, fishing (small and largemouth bass, perch, bluegill, among others), and a myriad of water sports. A frozen lake surface in winter brings ice fishing enthusiasts, snowshoers, and intrepid skaters who enjoy a 4.5-mile ice-skating trail (the longest in the U.S.).

The Lake Morey Trails, a series of hiking trails initiated by the Lake Morey Foundation, are now part of a larger network connecting the lake setting to the Cross Rivendell Trail and other Upper Valley hiking and recreational opportunities. The Friends of Fairlee Forest maintains a current map of the hiking trails immediately surrounding Lake Morey.

Lake Morey (547 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

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Last updated February 12, 2024