Lake Willoughby is a lake in the town of Westmore in Orleans County in the northeast section of Vermont, United States. Willoughby is a glacial lake over 300 feet (91 m) deep in places, the deepest lake entirely contained in the state. The lake's southern end is surrounded by the Willoughby State Forest. This state park includes Mount Pisgah, Mount Hor, and Bartlett Mountain. It is approximately 4.75 miles long and is known for its clarity and chilly temperature. Because of its depth, it freezes later than other lakes in the Northeast Kingdom.
Open Water Swimming
- It is site of the Aquaman Even Up triathlon and other open water swimming and triathlon events produced by the Kingdom Games and Phil White.
- It is site of some Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association events including the 5-mile Willoughby Swim that has a naked division, wetsuit division, and canine division.
- Greg O'Connor completed an unprecedented 20-mile quadruple crossing of Lake Willoughby in 11 hours 5 minutes on 16 August 2021.
- Charlotte Brynn completed an unprecedented 15-mile triple crossing of Lake Willoughby in 2017.
- James Penrose completed a 15-mile triple crossing of Lake Willoughby in 9 hours 30 minutes on 1 September 2021.
Kingdom Triathlon 2015 - The Series
18 July 2015: Willoughby Tri - 7-mile mountain bike, 1.2-mile swim, 2.5-mile trail run to the finish at the summit of Mount Pisgah (in that order)
18 July 2015: Willie Youth Tri - 100-yard swim, 3 mile bike, 1-mile trail run to Pulpit Rock
1 August 2015: Aquaman Even Up - 3.5-mile swim, 34-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1 August 2015: Ollie Even Up - 1.75-mile swim, 15-mile bike, 10K run
1 August 2015: Kingdom Sprint - 500-yard swim, 13-mile bike, 5-mile run
22 August 2015: Echo Lake Road Race & Swim, an adjustable stage triathlon - 5- or 10-mile run + 5- or 10-mile bike + 1- or 3-mile swim
It was named one of America's top lake beaches by Men's Journal.
Lake Willoughby was featured in the May photograph in the 2015 and 2017 MSF Calendars.
2015 MSF Calendar
January: Anthony McCarley, English Channel. Photo by Roger Taylor.
February: Santa Barbara Channel. Photo by Theo Schmeeckle.
March: Ted Erikson at Promontory Point, Chicago. Photo by Louise LeBourgeois.
April: Sarah Thomas at The Arc, USA. Photo by Ken Classen.
May: Underway at Lake Willoughby, USA. Photo by Phil White.
June: Grace van der Byl at MIMS 2014, USA. Photo by John Humenik.
July: Navigation, Lake Pend Oreille, USA. Photo by Andrew Malinak.
August: Suva off Cap Gris Nez, English Channel. Photo by Zoe Sadler.
September: Applegate Lake 10K Start, USA. Photo by Peter Ray.
October: Bethany Bosch & Guri at Lake Willoughby. Photo by Phil White.
November: Round Christiansborg, Denmark. Photo by Samuel Tyson.
December: Nightswimming, Ireland. Photo by Donal Buckley.
2017 MSF Calendar
Cover – Sarah Thomas swimming in Lake Powell in Arizona. Photo by Ken Classen.
January – Howard James on the earliest English Channel crossing. Photo by Danny Burrows.
February – Theodore Yach swimming his 100th Robben Island crossing. Photo by Mariza Cloete.
March – Radikal MarBrava in Girona, Spain. Photo by Burno Hervas.
April – Swimmers in Lake Willoughby in Vermont. Photo by Manuela Jessel.
May – Howard James leaving Dover. Photo by Danny Burrows.
June – Scott Zornig swimming in San Diego Harbor. Photo by Lynn Kubasek.
July – Dave Van Mouwerik swimming with a whale in Avila Beach. Photo by Michael Dobrzensky.
August – Anthony McCarley swimming in the Harlem River. Photo by Niles Furlong.
September – Marie Watson swimming in Galway Bay in Ireland. Photo by Siobhan Russell.
October – Sarah Thomas at finish on Lake Powell shoreline in Arizona. Photo by Andrew Malinak.
November – Bernard Lynch swimming in the English Channel. Photo by Siobhan Russell.
December – Swimmers entered water on Autumn Equinox in Myrtleville, Ireland. Photo by Siobhan Russell.
- 1-2-3 Goes James Penrose Across Lake Willoughby
- Greg O'Connor Goes Four For Four Across Lake Willoughby
- Team Rivard Inducted In Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame
- Vera Rivard Inducted In Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame
- Mark Whitt Inducted In Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame
- Pam Ladds Inducted In Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame
- Ian Grimmer Inducted In Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame
- Paul Asmuth Inducted In Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame
- 8 Honored By The Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame
- Aquaman Evens Up In Kingdom Triathlon Series
- Marathon Swimmers Federation
- The Swimmers Of 2015
- Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association
- Open Water Swimming website
- Willoughby III In The Northeast Kingdom
- To Kingdom Come They Swim
- The Clubhouse On Lake Memphremagog
- The Clubhous Is A Great Place To Play
- Guri Bosch Takes Canine Division
- Paula Yankauskas Is 2013 NEKOWSA Swimmer Of The Year
- Blue On Blue Separated By Green
- Open Water Swimming - Drafting Keys To Success
- Open Water Swimming - Keys To Success
- Swim Under The Clouds
- America's Best Lake Beaches
- Lake Willoughby Honored By Men's Journal
- Opening Day Kicks Off Summer Season
- Charlotte Brynn On Road To Completion
- Swimming Against Walls, Jetties And Cliffs
- Craig Dietz Is 2016 NEKOWSA Swimmer of the Year
- Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall Of Fame Class Of 2017
- Class of 2017
- Ned Denison Honored In Vermont
- The White Knight Honored In Vermont
- 2019 U.S. Masters Swimming Open Water National Champs
- Pam Ladds, Julie Zeitlinger Swim The Chillies