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Woods Island State Park
Copyright: - Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Woods Island State Park
Description - With state acquisition in 1985, Woods Island became Vermont's forty-fifth state park. A mile long by a quarter-mile wide, the 125-acre island is unique habitat for a rich variety of plant life including many species rare or threatened in Vermont.

The Vermont Division of State Parks intends to preserve the primitive character of the island and asks your cooperation in observing its guidelines for island use.

Several trails and 5 primitive campsites are offered (permits required). You must provide your own access to the island and are permitted to enjoy the shoreline for swimming and fishing.

Attractions - The 125-acre island offers a unique habitat for a variety of threatened Vermont plant life. A portion of the island was once farmed; traces of drainage ditches remain today. Still visible also is the farm house foundation and weathered remains of old farm machinery. A later attempt by a private developer saw the beginnings of an airstrip constructed down the center of the island; the earth berms you climb over on the cross-island trail are the runway edges.

The Vermont Division of State Parks intends to preserve the primitive character of the island and asks your cooperation in observing its guidelines for island use.

Recreation - Woods Island State Park is located in northern Lake Champlain and does not offer ferry service. Access is via your own boat. This small island does have 5 very primitive campsites and permits must be obtained before overnighting. Swimming along the shores of the island is permitted as well as fishing. A trail travels around the shoreline and one trail bisects the island traveling over the old runway berm. 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.

Location - Woods Island is located in northern Lake Champlain and can be reached only by boat. No ferry service is scheduled. Call Burton Island State Park at 802-524-6353 for information.

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Contact Information:
Woods Island State Park, c/o Burton Island State Park, P.O. Box 123 , St. Albans Bay, VT, 05481, Phone: 802-524-6353

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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 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.

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