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Silver Lake State Beach
Copyright: - Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation
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Description - Silver Lake State Park rests on 34 acres of land offering a full range of park amenities. Warm season pleasures include fishing, swimming, hiking and camping while cold weather activities include ice fishing and ice skating.

Attractions - Silver Lake was originally called Stebblings' Pond after Benjamin Stebblings who owned land at the outlet where the Barnard General Store now stands. When Benjamin Stebblings moved out of the area, the lake became known as Barnard Pond. In 1869, Barnard Pond was renamed Silver Lake.

Originally Silver Lake State Park, started in 1955, was mostly farm land. The present campground and picnic area were gifts from Mr. and Mrs. John McDill of Woodstock, Miss Margaret Crosby of Barnard and Mrs. Richard H. Field of Boston. This land included 1,100 feet of shore frontage on Silver Lake.

The 103-acre Silver Lake supports a good fishery of northern pike, perch, bass and other warm water species. During the winter months, when the park is closed, the lake is a popular spot for ice skating and ice fishing.

Recreation - Silver Lake State Park is a very lovely park of only 34 acres. The lake is surrounded by a lush evergreen woods which is beautifully reflected off the clear 103-acre lake. Visitors use this park both summer and winter. Summer activities include fishing, swimming, hiking and camping. Even though the park officially closes on Columbus Day, folks use the public land for ice fishing and ice skating when the weather turns cold. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Nearby attractions include the Charles Fenton Art Gallery and The Institute of Natural Science, Woodstock; Federal Salmon Hatchery, Bethel; the beautiful natural Quechee Gorge and Simon Pearce Glass Blowing Mill and Pottery Shop in Quechee.

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.

Location - From Barnard travel only 1/4 miles north on Hill Road.


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Report: My wife and I visited Silver Lake regularly each summer in the 80's. We just returned from another visit. This park is still the gem of the VT system. Lovely lake, great swimming, grounds have even improved with new flower plantings. A few minuses: It can get smoky in the evening when many campfires are lit for cooking and relaxing. And the hot showers were not working this time...said to be a temporary problem. Do us a favor. Tell NO ONE about Silver Lake. It's getting harder and harder to get in during the peak July/August months.


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Contact Information:
Silver Lake State Park, P.O. Box 67 , Barnard, VT, 05031, Phone: 802-234-9451

Additional Information:
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.

Links:
New York State Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation - Official agency Website
Vermont State Parks - Official Agency Website

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