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Maidstone State Forest- Maidstone State Forest rests along the lower shores of the glacial Maidstone Lake which is approximately 3 miles long and 3/4 mile in width. This beautiful mountain lake is nestled in a forest of beautiful spruce and fir.

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Maidstone State Park
Copyright: - Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Maidstone State Park
Description - Maidstone Lake was created when glacial ice carved out a deep basin in a preexisting valley. Maidstone is the result of a glacial melt approximately 12,000 years ago. The deep, clear, cold lake was formed and Maidstone became a State Park in 1938. It originally served as a Civilian Conservation Corp. camp. Fireplaces, the lodge and the picnic shelter were built by these men and are still visible today. This beautiful mountain lake park offers excellent fishing opportunities in addition to the secluded and quiet campgrounds, picnic grounds and hiking trails.

Attractions - Maidstone is the most remote of Vermont's State Parks and still retains much of the wilderness character associated with the Northeast Kingdom. Maidstone Lake was created when glacial ice carved out a deep basin in a preexisting valley. When the last glaciers melted 12,000 years ago, a deep, clear, cold lake was formed.

The lake offers good lake trout and salmon fishing and has had some outstanding record catches. Maidstone Lake is one of the few lakes in Vermont where loons have reared their young in recent years. The loon loves the solitude of the northern lakes whose shores are rimmed with spruce-fir shade. A variety of wildlife enjoy the lake including moose, river otter, porcupine, snowshoe hare, ruffed grouse, coyote, red fox, black bear and white-tailed deer. Amidst the tree tops, the visitor may see or hear the hermit thrush, red-breasted nuthatch, evening grosbeak or even a barred or great horned owl.

Maidstone was designated by the State of Vermont as a state park in 1938. The camp areas were wilderness, but the area around the lodge was a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. The CCC built many sites with fireplaces for camping, the lodge and a picnic shelter, which are still in use today.

Recreation - The pristine Maidstone Lake is approximately 3 miles long and 3/4 mile in width. This beautiful mountain lake rests among a forest of spruce and fir. The 796 acres of cold-water is an angler's delight offering catches of rainbow trout, lake trout, salmon, yellow perch and panfish. A campground is offered as well as a picnic grove, swimming beach, boat rental and hiking trails. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Nearby attractions include Ethan Allen Furniture, Island Pond; Peaslee's Host Farm for Consumer Education, Guildhall; Colebrook Fish Hatchery, Colebrook; and Historical Holton House Flea Market in Lancaster.

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 Bloomfield travel 5 miles south on SR 102 then 5 miles southwest on State Forest Highway.


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Number of People Encountered: 25-50 ppl
Recommend to a Friend: Highly
Report: Camping was fine--nice lean to's,clean and neat. Noisy campers quieted right down at the 10pm time. Day use area was kind of pitiful though---way too much Budweiser and cigarettes, kids driving motorized jeeps around on the beach--in the future, we will just use the "non-designated swimming areas" for water time.


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Maidstone State Park, 4858 Maidstone Lake Road , Guildhall, VT, 05905, Phone: 802-676-3930

Additional Information:
Maidstone State Forest - Maidstone State Forest rests along the lower shores of the glacial Maidstone Lake which is approximately 3 miles long and 3/4 mile in width. This beautiful mountain lake is nestled in a forest of beautiful spruce and fir.
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.
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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