About Colchester

Aerial shot of Colchester with the bay in the distance
The Town of Colchester, Vermont is a vibrant, fast-growing community just outside of Burlington, the state's largest city, and is itself the 2nd most populated municipality in the state with a population of just over 17,000. The Town of Colchester is rich in natural resources.

There are approximately 30 miles of shoreline on Lake Champlain, while the arms of Malletts Bay nearly surround almost 10 square miles of the lake. To the north and south, the Town borders approximately 12 miles of the Winooski and Lamoille Rivers. Inland from the lake lays Colchester Pond, a 186-acre water body.

With 165 mapped wetlands, comprising a total of 3,066 acres, and many unmapped wetlands, Colchester has one of the most diversified and valuable collections of habitats in the state. With Chittenden County continuing to be a popular area to live, work and play, Colchester faces continuing development pressure on its finite natural resources.