Enjoy our peaceful and quite area filled with many wonderful businesses and attractions. Experience natures wonders and simpilicity with many beautiful lakes, rivers,and mountains making Olreans County a wonderful place to enjoy and relax
The county lies between the eastern and western ranges of the Green Mountains. The county is mainly drained by four river systems: the Barton, the Black , the Clyde and the Missisquoi River . The first three run north. The last meanders west through Canada and the U.S. Two exceptions are Greensboro and the southern part of Glover which drain south into the Passumpsic River , a tiny stretch of which is also in Orleans County, and Craftsbury which drains west into the Lamoille.
The Barton River drains Crystal Lake , runs north through Barton, Brownington, Coventry and drains through Newport into Lake Memphremagog. The Barton River Watershed also includes Derby, Irasburg, Westmore, and the Lake Willoughby, Crystal Lake, and Shadow and Parker Ponds.
The Black is about 30 miles (48 km) in length. It rises in some ponds in Craftsbury, and passes through Albany, Irasburg, and Coventry. It reaches Lake Memphremagog at Salem. The watershed also includes Albany, Lake Eligo and the Hosmer Ponds.
The Clyde River has four hydroelectric dams before reaching Lake Memphremagog. The watershed includes Brighton (Essex County), Charleston, Morgan(Essex County), Derby, Seymour Pond, Echo Lakes, and Island, Clyde and Pensioner Ponds.
Additionally, the Canadian rivers of Coaticook and watersheds include Derby, Holland, and Norton Pond, Holland Pond, and Great and Little Averill Ponds.
The county contains more ponds than any other in the State. It also has three state forests: Hazen's Notch, Jay, and Willoughby.
The average growing season is about 130 frost-free days in the Newport area. As this is the lowest point in the county, the growing season for other places in the county which are more elevated, should be less.