Vermont's little-visited Southwestern Lakes region is full of sapphire jewels undisturbed by summer crowds. None is more pristine and pretty than Lake Saint Catherine
, where you can rent paddle boats or canoes, or just dive in to the water with a snorkel to meet and greet the lake's large population of perch, pike, and trout. Lake Saint Catherine State Park, 3034 Route 30 South, Poultney, 802-241-3655, vtstateparks.com/htm/catherine.cfm.
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