Bomoseen State Park

Bomoseen State Park

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Bomoseen State Park

Vermont

(802) 265-4242

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Overview

Welcome to Bomoseen State Park. The 3,576-acre park is located in the Taconic Mountains on the shores of Lake Bomoseen, the largest lake entirely within Vermont's borders. The Taconics are the slate-producing region of Vermont, and the area's history parallels the rise and fall of Vermont's slate industry. The park contains several quarry holes and their adjacent, colorful slate rubble piles as reminders of this period. These quarries provided slate for the West Castleton Railroad and Slate Company, a complex of 60 to 70 buildings that stood between Glen Lake and Lake Bomoseen. Several slate buildings and foundations remain in the park. A self-guided Slate History Trail leads hikers through remnants of this bygone era.

Map of Bomoseen (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.670330, -73.238200

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boating is a popular activity on Lake Bomoseen. Motor boats and personal watercraft are permitted, and there is a trailer boat launch in the park. You can also launch car-topped boats at the park. Canoe, kayak, row boat and pedal boat rentals are available at the beach.

    Quiet water paddling is also available at nearby Glen Lake.

  • Bird Watching

    Lake Bomoseen and nearby Hubbardton Marshes are designated "Important Bird Areas", meaning that they host a diverse mosaic of habitats and a colorful variety of important bird species. These areas contain important habitats for endangered or threatened species such as the common loon, pied-billed grebes, common moorhen, Sora and at times, hundreds of wood ducks. The areas also provide breeding habitats to the rare and elusive least bittern. Osprey, bald eagles and peregrine falcons have been spotted as well.

  • Bicycling

    Some road bikers may enjoy riding from Rutland along Rt 4A to Castleton. This scenic 15 mile road gains 472 feet in elevation.

    Another great ride is a loop on Rt 30 going around Castleton Town Forest.

  • Camping

    The campground contains 66 ten/RV sites (no hookups) and 10 lean-tos. Some sites are wooded and some are open and grassy. Some sites are located along the lake shore. Flush toilets, hot showers ($), and a dump station are provided. Some limited generator use is permitted. Firewood and ice are available for purchase. There is a concession stand and large swimming area at the beach. Pets are permitted in the campground but not on the beach.

  • Fishing

    Lake Bomoseen is a wonderful place to fish. Species living in the lake include: rainbow smelt, yellow perch, brown trout, northern pike, large-mouth bass, small-mouth bass, bullhead, panfish, and crappie. Nearby Glen Lake supports rainbow trout, yellow perch, northern pike, large-mouth bass, small-mouth bass, bullfish, panfish, and crappie.

  • Hiking

    There are many trails to choose from on a visit to Bomoseen State Park.

    Bomoseen Hiking Loop: 1 1/2 miles, 1 hour: It is a moderate walk through the wildlife preserve and starts in the meadow behind the contact station and goes through pines into hemlock-hardwood forest. Look for signs of wildlife, particularly around apple trees scattered throughout the forest, which are remnants of an early 1900's farm. Enjoy a pleasant vista of Glen Lake.

    Glen Lake Trail: 4 1/2 mi, 4 hours: The trail begins at Glen Lake boat launch and follows the lakeshore for 1/2 mi. It then detours around the marsh, and winds another 1/2 mi along the lake. Trail is steep in some places. Hikers may cross the marsh at the north end of lake and ascend 1 mi to overlook 100' above Glen Lake, which offers spectacular views. The trail continues for another mile along the ridge to Moscow Pond and Beaver Meadow. The trail descends and goes through a hickory-oak forest, then crosses a series of faults before reaching Half Moon State Park.

    Half Moon Park Trail: 1/3 mi, 20 min.; Easy lakeside walk between Bomoseen and Half Moon Pond State Parks.

    Daniel Coffey Memorial Trail: 3/4 mi, 1 hr; A scenic walk between campgrounds with pleasant vistas of the lake.

    For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    Part of the area comprising the park was owned by the Lake Shore Slate Co., operated by Samuel L. Hazard. When Mr. Hazard passed away in 1929, the remaining property was left to his stepdaughter, Martha Warren. Mrs. Warren lived there year round before making it her summer home. In 1959, she donated approximately 365 acres of land and included buildings to the State for recreational purposes and as a refuge and sanctuary for wildlife. A collection of historical objects is located in Mrs. Warren's former home, which also includes the Park Ranger's quarters.

    While in the park, you might enjoy a hike on the Slate History Trail (3/4 mil, 1 hour) that guides you through the remains of the West Castleton Railroad and Slate Company. A self-guiding pamphlet is available at the park office.

  • Picnicking

    An open picnic pavilion can be reserved for large gatherings (up to 100 people) and there are individual picnic spots with picnic tables and grills located throughout the park.

    There is also a concession stand on the beach that sells food and ice cream.

  • RVing

    The campground contains 66 tent/RV sites (no hookups). Some sites are wooded while others are grassy, open areas. Some are located along the shore. Flush toilets, hot showers ($), and a dump station are provided. Firewood and ice are available for purchase. Limited generator use is permitted.

  • Water Sports

    A large swimming beach in the park's day use area is perfect for cooling off on a hot day.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Bomoseen is part of a designated Important Bird Area. White-tailed deer, raccoon, fox, coyote and weasels are common inhabitants and are often seen from the park trails.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing are all popular winter activities.

Seasonality/Weather

Open Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend. Open for day use 10:00 AM - sunset.

Directions

Driving

From Hydeville: Go 4 mi N on West Shore Rd., on western shore of lake.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 265-4242

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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