Description - The State of Vermont acquired all but 10 acres of Knight Island in 1990. The 200 acre parcel offers limited / primitive camping and hiking trails. Weather permitting, the state ferry runs from Kamp Kill Kare State Park only by advance arrangement. Call Burton Island State Park at 802-524-6353 for information.
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Knight Island State Park
- Knight Island, a recent addition to the Vermont parks group of three neighboring islands in Lake Champlain's "inland sea," was acquired by the State in 1990. The 185-acre island is a mile long and nearly a half mile wide. The park includes all but 10+ acres of private land on the island's southern tip. When on Knight Island, please respect the rights of the park neighbor and keep off the southern end.
The island was farmed historically then was uninhabited for many years. It was a privately operated primitive campground through the 1980s. The owner lived year-round on the island and began a timber management program to supplement the camping operation. Under state ownership, remote area camping is being continued on seven sites dotted around the island. Land management activities are those which will keep the island unique and unspoiled.
Recreation - Several trails are offered leading to points overlooking the lake. There are also a few trails that bisect the park. The camping is very limited with no potable water nor sanitary facilities. 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.
Knight Island is located in northern Lake Champlain and can be reached only by boat. No ferry service is scheduled. Weather permitting, the state ferry runs from Kamp Kill Kare State Park only by advance arrangement. Call Burton Island State Park at 802-524-6353 for information.