Dog River

Swimming area for webName of Project: Dog River “Jacuzzi” Swimming Hole

Location: West Berlin, VT

River: Dog River

Type of Project: Swimming Hole, Waterfall, Picnic Area, Vernal Pools

Public Access: Yes

Date Completed: 1997

Size: 17 Acres

Water Frontage: 5,000′

Landowner: Town of Berlin

Funding Partners: New England Grassroots Environment Fund, Ben & Jerry’s, Norcross Wildlife Foundation

Property Description: The “Jacuzzi” swimming hole, a large pool below a four-foot drop through an interesting mix of bedrock, is part of the Dog River Natural Area in the community of Riverton in Berlin. Surrounded by a forest of mixed northern hadwoods and hemlocks, the Jacuzzi is below a natural amphitheater where there is a park bench and picnic table overlooking the river. The Dog River is one of Vermont’s premier native trout streams attracting fishermen and recreationists alike. In early summer when the water is higher, there is a place to put in canoes and kayaks for a paddle down the river.

Project Background: In 1997 the Berlin Conservation Commission initiated the purchase of this piece of privately-owned land surrounding a popular swimming hole and fishing spot. A member of the Conservation Commission was also on the VRC Board of Directors, and he offered VRC’s assistance. A number of public walks through the property wre held to spotlight the project and to help with fundraising. VRC staff’s successful grant writing helped complete the fundraising goals, and the Town of Berlin purchased the parcel.

Directions: Take Route 12 South out of Montpelier. Approximately three miles south, Route 12 crosses a bridge over the Dog River. Park just before the bridge in the parking lot of the Fire Department. Look for Dog River Park sign.

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