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Grand Isle State Park
Copyright: - Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Grand Isle State Park
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.

Attractions - 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.

Location - From Grand Isle located on Lake Champlain, travel 1 mile south on US 2.


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Grand Isle State Park, 36 East Shore South , Grand Isle, VT, 05458, Phone: 802-372-4300

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.
The Hyde Log Cabin - At Grand Isle, life in the Republic of Vermont is exemplified in the restored 1783 Hyde Log Cabin, built by Connecticut native Jedediah Hyde, Jr., heir to the namesake of Hyde Park, Connecticut.
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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