Elevation: 963 Ft. Area: 788 Acres


Behind the Scenes


Roger Cartee

Vice President

Ed Wells


Janet Cartee


Sharon Kelley

Salem Lakes got a little air time on WCAX-TV in August when Elissa Borden came up to visit with us for a closer look at Ross Ogilvie's water sampler invention. The segment aired on 9.18.23 and is available on demand on WCAX, and on our channels on Facebook and YouTube as well.

Website/Social Media

Tim Votapka


Dennis Bond

Jason Brueck

Beckie Eakin

John Guyette

TJ Jackman

Ross & Andrea Ogilvie

Paul Roy

Tim Votapka

Milfoil Sightings

Ed Wells

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Mailing Address

Salem Lakes Preservation Association

C/O Janet Cartee

P.O. Box 134, Derby, VT 05829



Founded in 1984, the Salem Lakes Preservation Association oversees environmental conservation efforts and activities affecting the greater Salem Lakes area. The organization directs the monitor/greeter program at the boat access. The foremost objective, of necessity, is the prevention and/or containment of Eurasian Water Milfoil and other aquatic nuisances because of the ever increasing number of lake invasions in Vermont according to the Agency of Natural Resources. The Invasive Species Prevention Program is paid for in part with support from members of our community, Derby voters and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation. 

The Salem Lakes Preservation Association would like to announce that it just completed its 21st year providing boat inspections and boater education to folks using the Dave Wood state boat access on Hayward Road in Derby. Six boat access Greeters inspected 602 boats and trailers this year, decontaminating 39. Most of the 39 had the invasive plant, Eurasian Water Milfoil (EWM) or other plant material on them when retrieved. Only two occurred on boats most previously launched at another lake or pond. As a friendly reminder, it is illegal to travel with plant material attached to your boat, trailer, anchor, anchor line and fishing equipment.

Funding: $9,494 ANC grant from DEC (VT Department of Environmental Conservation), a generous contribution by the town of Derby - $15,000 and many contributions from Derby area residents and Salem Lakes Preservation Association supporters.
If anyone is interested in doing this enjoyable and rewarding work for pay or as a volunteer in 2024, please contact Ed Wells by email at ejoewells@gmavt.net , tel 802.578.3037, or reach out to any lake association director.