Harvey's Lake (Vermont)

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Harvey's Lake
Harvey's Lake, Vermont - 01.jpg
Location Caledonia County, Vermont
Coordinates 44°18′17″N 072°08′27″W / 44.30472°N 72.14083°W / 44.30472; -72.14083Coordinates: 44°18′17″N 072°08′27″W / 44.30472°N 72.14083°W / 44.30472; -72.14083
Basin countries United States
Surface area 0.547 sq mi (1.42 km2)
Max. depth 144.4 ft (44.0 m)
Surface elevation 892 feet (272 m)
Settlements Barnet, Vermont

Harvey's Lake or Harvey Lake is a lake in the town of Barnet, Vermont in Caledonia County in the northeast section of Vermont, United States. It was named after one of the original settlers of Barnet, Vermont, Colonel Alexander Harvey.[1] Although locally it has always been officially known as Harvey's Lake, it is officially named Harvey Lake by the United States Geological Survey as genitive apostrophes are rarely allowed in the names of natural features.[2]

The lake is surrounded to the northwest by the town of South Peacham, Vermont, to the south by Mosquitoville, Vermont, and to the east by Barnet Center, Vermont. The northern side produces a small channel near West Barnet, Vermont that is held back upstream by a dam, owned by the town of Barnet. Most of the lakefront is now dominated by Harvey's Lake Park with its public beaches and picnic areas, and a private campground.

Ocean explorer and SCUBA inventor Jacques Cousteau [3] had influential experiences on Harvey's Lake as a young boy in the early 1920s. While attending a summer camp he experimented with staying underwater by breathing through hollow reeds found in the lake shallows. Though he could not yet swim well, this allowed him to stay underwater for extended periods.


  1. ^ Child, Hamilton (1887). Gazetteer of Caledonia and Essex Counties, VT: 1764-1887. Hamilton Child. pp. 133–151. 
  2. ^ http://geonames.usgs.gov/domestic/faqs.htm USGS U.S. Board on Geographic Names FAQ, Section 18
  3. ^ My Father, the Captain, by Jean-Michel Cousteau, National Geographic Books, 2010, p.21

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