Focal Places in Burlington

Englesby Brook

Englesby Brook is an urban stream that originates within the Burlington Country Club and University of Vermont properties; the stream empties into Lake Champlain near Blanchard Beach and Oakledge Park. Englesby Brook Watershed is located primarily in Burlington, with a small area in South Burlington. While most areas of the brook fall within private property, one section, named Crescent Woods, is public land.

Englesby Brook is currently considered an impaired watershed, meaning it does not comply with standards imposed by the Clean Water Act. It is important that the brook be managed in order to comply with the Clean Water Act, but also to provide a healthy habitat for resident plants and animals (including humans).

For a stream as small and unsuspecting as Englesby Brook, there are many stories one can stumble upon: from the stone bridge likely owned by Henry Holt (of Henry Holt & Company Publishers), to the sugar maples tapped for syrup by a local resident, to the stream's culvert ecology, to the fact that the Englesby Ravine was once filled with garbage. The interactive map below is one of the many ways to begin planning out an exploration of Englesby Brook. Take note of the features that intrigue you and then plan a visit to see them for yourself.

View Englesby Brook Map researched and developed by UVM graduate students