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Otter Creek, Vermont

This stream rises on the south part of Rutland county:—it traverses, in a northern course, nearly through the centre of that county, and waters Clarendon, Rutland, Pittsford, Brandon and other towns; it then enters Addison county and passes to Middlebury, where it falls very considerably, affording that pleasant town an admirable water power;—it then passes Weybridge, New Haven, and Vergennes, and falls into Champlain lake at Ferrisburgh. From Vergennes it is navigable for the largest lake vessels, 8 miles. There are no considerable falls on this stream except at Middlebury, Weybridge and Vergennes. In many parts of its course it is sluggish. From Middlebury to Pittsford, a distance of 25 miles, it is navigable for boats. Otter Creek has many tributaries which afford a great water power. Its length is about 90 miles, and on its banks are large tracts of alluvial meadows, some of the best in the state. It receives the waters of a basin of about 900 square miles.