Lake Ninevah: A Visitor’s Guide


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The star attraction of Lake Ninevah is the pair of Common Loons that returns each summer to nest and raise their chicks. Since the loons starting nesting here two decades ago, their chicks have populated many other lakes in south-central Vermont.

Thanks to the Vermont Loon Conservation Project and volunteers, the state’s once-endangered loon population has rebounded from seven nesting pairs in the mid-1980s to 90 breeding pairs today.

Lake Ninevah is also home to a wide array of other wildlife. You may spot a salamander, a heron, a bald eagle or even a moose or bear.

Lake Ninevah is surrounded by land that is protected from development and open to hunting. Most of the shoreline remains wild, and the surrounding mountains and forests make for stunning vistas in every direction.

Volunteers work diligently to maintain this lake as a rare oasis of calm and one of Vermont’s natural treasures.

Before launching a boat from the state fishing access, please review the following lake-use guidelines. They are critical to keeping the lake healthy and beautiful.

  • Remove plants from your boat while it is on land.
  • Fish responsibly – keep your distance from the loons and don’t use lead sinkers and jigs, which can poison loons if ingested.
  • Observe the 5 m.p.h. speed limit.
  • Pack out your trash.

Note: The lake’s dam is not open for use by the public. Campfires and overnight camping are not permitted anywhere on the lakeshore.

Worse than Just Weeds: Eurasian Watermilfoil

The lake use guidelines above ask you to remove plants from your boat so that you don’t carry this invasive plant into the lake.

Milfoil floating in water cropped in PS

Eurasian watermilfoil has infested many Vermont lakes, ruining them for recreation and degrading the water as wildlife habitat. Thanks to boaters’ diligence as well as careful monitoring at the state fishing access and by trained divers, Lake Ninevah has remained milfoil-free for decades. If you think you see this plant in the lake, do not try to pull it yourself. Instead, please report it to

Protect Lake Ninevah

The Ninevah Foundation, a Vermont conservation non-profit, is dedicated to promoting the wilderness character and tranquil nature of Lake Ninevah and 3,300 acres of surrounding land, including most of the lakeshore. The Foundation relies on donations to pay for greeters at the state fishing access and for the trained divers who monitor the lake for invasive plant growth. Please click Support Our Work on the left to contribute.

Diver looking into water from boat

Support provided by

Palladium Builders, Inc.

Paul Burgess (802) 259-2375
Peter Kolenda (802) 228-5627

Harry’s Restaurant
(802) 228-2996
Corner of Routes 100N & 103 in Ludlow

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation

Loon photo by Janet Steward

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