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Burton Island State Park
Copyright: - Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Burton Island State Park
Description - C. C. Burton owned a farm on Lake Champlain's mainland in the 1840's and this 253-acre island was used for pasture. A descendant, Sydney Burton owned the island through the early 1900's and leased it to tenant farmers who typically kept livestock such as cows, pigs and chickens on the land while raising staple crops like beans and peas. Today, walking the island trails, you'll find remnants of the island's agricultural past.

There are 3 miles of shoreline, hiking trails, a nature center / museum, park store and food service, rowboat and canoe rentals and places to swim and picnic.

Attractions - Burton Island is a 253-acre island off the southwestern tip of St. Albans Point in Lake Champlain's "inland sea." An 1874 Lake Champlain navigation chart refers to it as Potter's Island, though C. C. Burton owned a farm on the mainland in the 1840's and the island was used for pasture. A descendant, Sydney Burton owned the island through the early 1900's and leased it to tenant farmers who typically kept livestock such as cows, pigs and chickens on the land while raising staple crops like beans and peas. The Burton sold the island to Randall Dimon, who built the cottage on the island's eastern point. The Dimon's continued to summer in the cottage for years after selling the island to the state of Vermont in 1960.

Today there are 17 tent sites and 26 lean-to sites plus 15 boat moorings and a 100-slip marina with dockside electricity, fuel service and a marine holding-tank pumpout facility. This, with ferry service to the island (no vehicles) from Kamp Kill Kare, makes Burton Island one of the most unique parks in Vermont.

Recreation - Burton Island State Park offers 3 miles of shoreline, tent sites, hiking trails, a nature center / museum, park store and food service, rowboat and canoe rentals, and places to swim and picnic. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures in the lower half of the Lakes / Kingdom region averages 14 to 16 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -9 Celsius). The upper half of this region experiences winter temperatures ranging below 14 degrees Fahrenheit (below -10 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures are cooler along the western area of Lake Champlain averaging 66 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 21 Celsius). The central area of this region expects temperatures from 66 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 20 Celsius) with the eastern area of this region experiencing the coolest summer time temperatures of less than 66 degrees Fahrenheit (below 19 Celsius). The yearly precipitation for Lakes and Kingdom Travel Region vary from less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the western line to more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) along the eastern border of New Hampshire and Canada.

Location - From St. Albans Bay travel 3.5 miles southwest on Town Road, Lake Road and Point Road to Kamp Kill Kare State Park. Passenger Ferry to Burton Island which is accessible only by boat; no vehicles. Ferry runs 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ($).


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Burton Island State Park, P.O. Box 123 , St. Albans Bay, VT, 05481, Phone: 802-524-6353

Additional Information:
Northern Vermont - Northern Vermont stretches between America's sixth largest lake and the state line of New Hampshire, this region offers an array of outdoor activities from boating and fishing to mountain hikes and moose hunting.
Vermont Lakes and Reservoirs - On the western side of Vermont, Samuel De Champlain paddled down the huge 435 square mile lake in 1609. Today that lake bears his name, Lake Champlain, and is known as America's "Sixth Great Lake." On the eastern side of the state, the longest river in New England creates the border. In addition, over 808 lakes and ponds and over 7,000 miles of rivers and streams grace the entire landscape.
Vermont State Parks and Forests - Vermont has over 50 state parks and over 2,200 campsites and shelters available for seasonal use. Most state parks permit cross-country skiing and several permit snowmobiling on designated routes. Vermont also offers over 35 state forests open for recreation use along with four rail trails and nearly a dozen historic sites.

Links:
Vermont State Parks - Official Agency Website

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