About the Lake Dunmore Fern Lake Association

The mission of the Lake Dunmore Fern Lake Association, Incorporated, hereinafter the “Association,” is to protect and enhance the natural vitality of Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake while preserving the recreational and lifestyle interest of the Lakes’ community. In so doing, the Association protects the Lakes’ value as a public recreational facility and respects the interests of property owners and the public.

Specifically, the association supports:

  • Enhancement of water quality through a) testing, b) educational programs for members and the public, and c) control and elimination of native and non-native aquatic plants and animals that may be harmful to Lake Dunmore and Fern Lake, including but not limited to Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM), water chestnuts and zebra mussels,

  • Water safety guidance for all seasons and all users of the lakes

  • Promotion of mosquito control to enhance the health and welfare of the Lakes' community and the region's recreational value

  • Similar programs consistent with the Association’s mission

Read our bylaws

About our lakes

Lake Dunmore

Lake Dunmore is located in Addison County, Vermont. The lake spans the towns of Salisbury and Leicester and has a surface area of 985 acres.  It is over 3 miles long (oriented north-south) and up to 1 mile wide. The primary source of water is Sucker Brook, which rises in the adjacent Moosalamoo National Recreation Area of the Green Mountain National Forest. The lake is drained by Leicester River, a tributary to Otter Creek, which in turn empties into Lake Champlain.

Branbury State Park occupies 69 acres of the eastern shore and offers a sandy beach, canoe rentals, and campsites. Vermont Route 53 follows the eastern and northern shores of the lake. Most of the shoreline is privately owned.

Although a natural lake formed by glaciation, the water level is controlled by a small dam. In addition, Sucker Brook is part of a hydroelectricity project connecting Silver Lake and Sugar Hill Reservoir via Sucker Brook and operated by Green Mountain Power.


  • Surface area: 985 acres

  • Watershed area: 13,068 acres

  • Max depth: 105 ft

  • Mean depth: 28 ft

  • Volume: 27,850 acre ft

  • Surface elevation: 569 ft

  • Length: approx 3.5 mi

  • Width: up to 1 mi

  • Source of water: Sucker Brook is the primary, with numerous other minor streams and springs.

  • Water quality: Classification B

Fern Lake

Fern Lake was originally known as "Little Pond" in deference to Lake Dunmore, its neighbor to the north. The name was changed to Fern Lake in 1892 when a Post Office was applied for in the area. The name is appropriate with all the natural ferns thriving on the shores around the lake. It is thought that Fern Lake was once part of Lake Dunmore but got separated by glacial movement, landslide or other natural action through time. You can now walk over an isthmus that separates the lakes by 250 to 300 yards. The isthmus land mass rises well above the heights of both lakes, which allows the lakes to maintain their water level. Fern Lake has the depth of 55' feet in the deepest area and occupies around 68 acres of land. At the widest section it measures 1100 feet. The island on the northern end of the lake is called "Wooly" and is privately owned. Fern Lake at one time was the main source of water for the town of Brandon. The lake remained undeveloped until the 1960s when Brandon had acquired another water source. Land was then leased and camps were built. Leicester residents and home owners alike enjoy swimming, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and boating. However the speed of boats needs to be kept at 5 MPH or less. This law translates into an environment of heavenly solitude year round.


  • Surface area: 69 acres

  • Watershed area: 505 acres

  • Max depth: 43 ft

  • Mean depth: 13 ft

  • Volume: 897 acre ft

  • Surface elevation: 572 ft

  • Length: approx 0.9 mi

  • Source of Water: natural runoff from Chandler Ridge and minor springs

  • Water quality: Classification B