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D.A.R. State Park
Copyright: - Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation
D.A.R. State Park
Description - Daughters of the American Revolution donated this property in 1955 and still operate the adjacent John Strong Mansion / Museum. Located along the shores of Lake Champlain, the 95-acre park offers camping, a small picnic area with a stone pavilion, boating, fishing, sailing and swimming.

Attractions - Park lands were donated to the State by the Daughters of the American Revolution in 1955. The foundations from the area's first English settlement from 1765 may be viewed. The John Strong Mansion / Museum which is located next to the park is still operated by the benefactors. The park land was once open farm and pasture land along the southern shores of Lake Champlain. Today the park visitor may enjoy both day use and overnight facilities offering lake access to the plentiful fishing waters of Lake Champlain.

Recreation - D.A.R. State Park offers camping, picnicking on a bluff above the lake with views of a 1765 foundation, a large stone pavilion, boat rental, lake access, fishing, sailing, playground and swimming. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Nearby attractions include the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Basin Harbor; Crown Point, Chimney Point, Fort Ticonderoga, Shelburne Museum, Shelburne; Lake Champlain Ferries; and Morgan Horse Farm, Middlebury.

Climate - Winter daytime temperatures average between 16 and 18 degrees Fahrenheit (between -9 and -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 and 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Heart of Vermont Travel Region has diverse precipitation totals ranging from 40 to 44 inches (102 and 112 centimeters) in the center area of the region decreasing to less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the state lines of New York and New Hampshire.

Location - From Vergennes travel 6 miles southwest on SR 22A. Turn right onto SR 17 and travel 7 miles to the state park.

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D.A.R. State Park, 6750 VT Rte - 17 , West Addison, VT, 05491, Phone: 802-759-2354

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Central Vermont - Central Vermont is characterized by beautiful rolling green mountains, crystal clear lakes and rushing streams. Historical sites, museums, ski resorts, challenging multi-use trails, golf courses and more may be found in this picturesque New England region.
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.

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