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Wilgus State Park
Copyright: - Vermont Dept. of Forests, Parks & Recreation
Wilgus State Park
Description - Wilgus State Park is conveniently located in southeastern Vermont along the shores of the Connecticut River. The original work in the park was done by the depression-era Civilian Conservation Corp. Today, improvements are still being made. This park is especially popular with paddleboaters because is allows immediate access to the Connecticut River. Overnight facilities offer hot showers and are handicapped accessible. Day use activities include river swimming, boating, hiking, picnicking and a play area.

Attractions - The land that Wilgus State Park consists of was given to the State of Vermont in 1933 by Colonel and Mrs. William Wilgus for the creation of Wilgus State Park.

The original park, constructed by the Civilian Conservation Corps, consisted of a picnic area with large flue-type stone fireplaces and picnic tables and the ranger's quarters.

The campground was developed in 1960 and continues to be expanded and improved. Wilgus State Park is a very popular park for paddleboaters since it is located on the Connecticut River.

Recreation - Wilgus State Park is conveniently located in southeastern Vermont along the shores of the Connecticut River. The original work in the park was done by the depression-era Civilian Conservation Corp. Today, improvements are still being made. This park is especially popular with paddleboaters because is allows immediate access to the Connecticut River. Twenty-five campsites are offered in addition to a picnic ground, boat launch and boat rental, hiking trails, shore fishing, a playground and river swimming. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Nearby attractions include the road to Mt. Ascutney Summit, Windsor Covered Bridge, American Precision Museum and Quechee Gorge. Over the state line to New Hampshire, St. Gaudens National Historic Site is a featured attraction.

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 Ascutney at Interstate 91 take Exit #8 and travel 1.5 miles south on US 5 to reach the park entrance.


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Filed By: jennifer delsignore (norton, ma)
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Report: I have been camping at this campground since I was a little kid, it is wonderful. If you want a place to camp that is simple, quiet and relaxing this is the place. The Conneticut River is right behind the sites so you can fish, swim, or canoe. There are tons of fun things around the area and a walmart right in the next town in case you forget something like I always do. Go camp, have fun, and relax at Wilgus.


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Contact Information:
Wilgus State Park, P.O. Box 196 , Ascutney, VT, 05030, Phone: 802-674-5422

Additional Information:
Central Vermont - Central Vermont is characterized by beautiful rolling green mountains, crystal clear lakes and rushing streams. Historical sites, museums, ski resorts, challenging multi-use trails, golf courses and more may be found in this picturesque New England region.
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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