Description - Kingsland Bay State Park rests just south of the picturesque McDonough Natural Area. This new state park is home to the historic 1790 Hawley House. Much of the 264 acres, along the shores of Lake Champlain, remains as a natural area.
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Kingsland Bay State Park
- Kingsland Bay State Park is located on the shores of Lake Champlain. The historic 1790 Hawley House dates back to the first settlers in Ferrisburgh and was home to Ecole Champlain, an exclusive girls camp, until the late 1960's.
The McDonough Natural Area rests just north of the park as a beautiful lakeside natural area. The 20-acre parcel is home to several rare plant species. A trail is offered through a mature woods of maple and hickory.
Recreation - Picnicking, swimming and toilet facilities are available. There are several buildings available for large group gatherings including family reunions, weddings and company picnics. There are scenic trails along the shoreline of Lake Champlain. Boating, fishing and sailing are also popular. Future access to the historic Hawley House is planned. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.
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.
From Ferrisburg on US 7 travel west on Little Chicago Road about 1.5 miles. Turn right (north) onto Hawkins Road and go 3 miles.