The History of the Public Beach at Caspian Lake

In response to recent questions regarding the ownership of the Caspian Lake Public Beach, the Greensboro Historical Society has asked Clay Simpson to research the history of the Public Beach.  The following article is the result of his work.  Clay Simpson is a Trustee of the GHS and a Member of the Board of the Greensboro Association.

The History of Caspian Lake Beach

Many thanks to the Greensboro Historical Society for allowing the Greensboro Association to publish this work.   We also thank those who aided in the research of this, including Lorraine Hussey, The Town of Hardwick, Clive Gray and Allen Davies.



Caspian Lake is included in 2013 Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swim

The Northeast Kingdom Open Water Swimming Association is sponsoring a program of 7 swims on some of the most beautiful lakes in our region in 2013.   Caspian, Lake Memphremagog, Willoughby, Island Pond, Crystal and Seymour lakes are included in the events, which will take place from August 9 through 18.  Swimmers will use Highland Lodge as a base during this time.

The NKOWSA also sponsors the Kingdom Swim, Seymour Swim, Willoughby Swim and In Search of Memphre at other times during the summer.    The Daily News of Open Water Swimming has selected Lake Memphremagog and Lake Willoughby as two of the 50 great open water swimming venues in all of the Americas.

The Caspian Swim is from the Public Beach to Bathtub Rocks and back (or one way with a shuttle to return).   Participants can sign up for the swim on the NEKOWSA Kingdom Swim website.

NEKOWSA, a division of Indoor Recreation Orleans County, was established in January of 2010 with the purpose to organize and promote swimming in the legendary lakes of the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and to raise funds for our rural area’s struggling, financially challenged sports, fitness, and recreation center, IROC.   In 2012 NEKOWSA hosted seven swims, with over 375 swimmers signing on.  Swimmers are now coming from 36 different states and three Canadian provinces and are travelling from as far away as Alaska, Hawaii, Mexico, Great Britain and Mumbai, India.  The events have been sanctioned by USMS and USA Swimming.  They are challenging, totally fun, awesome venues, well supported and safety conscious swims for young and old alike.

For further information on these events during summer 2013, please see the NEKOWSA website.