Rescue Lake - Ludlow (180 acres)

Rescue Lake - Ludlow (180 acres)

Ludlow, Vermont 05149

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About this Location

Lake Rescue is located in Windsor County in south-central Vermont. Occupying 180 acres and reaching depths of 95 feet, it is the tenth-deepest and 23rd-largest lake in the state. Lake Rescue is located along VT-100 about three miles north of Ludlow and Okemo Mountain, and it is surrounded by the town of Ludlow. The lake is fed by the Black River and is the third of four lakes extending from Plymouth, Vermont through Ludlow, with Lake Amherst and Echo Lake to the north and Lake Pauline to the south.

The northern section of the lake, connected to the main body via a shallow channel, is referred to as Round Pond. The lake is used year-round predominantly by the residents of the approximately 110 lakeside homes and camps who enjoy swimming, waterskiing, fishing, sailing in summer and ice-fishing, skating, and snowmobiling in winter. Although no public swimming beaches exist, the lake does have a state-maintained public fishing access point where boats can be launched. Fish include bass, perch, brown trout, rainbow trout, pickerel, and sunfish. A “horseshoe” dam separates Lake Rescue from Lake Pauline, over which passes the well-known and much-photographed Red Bridge, built in 1835.

Rescue Lake (180 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 October 8, 2023