Description - Grand Isle State Park encompasses 227 acres on Lake Champlain's large island. The island is approximately 14 miles long and 3 miles wide. This popular park offers an array of outdoor opportunities from boating and fishing to camping and hiking.
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Grand Isle State Park
- Grand Isle State Park is located on the eastern shore of Grand Isle off US 2. Public development of the state land began in 1959 with the purchase of Birchcliff, a private summer resort. The original acquisition of 54 acres came with a hotel-like main building and accompanying rental cabins. The Activity Center in today's park is an original Birchcliff building.
Three additional property purchases brought the park to its present 226-acre size as park development during the 1960's was spurred by a successful effort to attract visitors to the area by providing quality family camping opportunities. Grand Isle is the second largest campground in the state park system and boasts the highest annual visitation. With 4,150 feet of Lake Champlain shoreline, Grand Isle is popular with many destination campers who spend their entire vacation here. The park location on US 2 attracts a high number of transient campers while proximity to population centers in Burlington, Vermont and Montreal, Canada makes it an easy destination. Park property extends west to US 2, where part of the land is being kept open by agricultural lease and some of what was pasture thirty years ago is reverting to woodland.
Recreation - This beautiful state park is well known for being a vacation destination for summer campers. It offers the second largest campground in the state park system and boasts the highest annual visitation. Resting on the eastern shores of Lake Champlain, the park offers easy fishing access to more than 80 fish species from rainbow smelt to lake sturgeon. The lake is known for world-class large and smallmouth bass. Walleye are plentiful as well as landlocked salmon, brown trout, lake trout and steelhead trout. The park offers over 150 campsites with hot showers, handicapped accessibility, swimming, playground, boat launch and rental, hiking and a dump station. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.
Nearby attractions include the Shelburne Museum, Shelburne; St. Anne's Shrine, Isle LaMotte; Hyde Log Cabin (nation's oldest), Grand Isle State Fish Hatchery and Lake Champlain Ferries, Grand Isle; Knight Point State Park, North Hero; and Sand Bar State Park in Milton.
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.
From Grand Isle located on Lake Champlain, travel 1 mile south on US 2.