Crystal Lake State Park

Crystal Lake State Park

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Crystal Lake State Park

Vermont

(802) 525-6205

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Things To Do

Overview

Crystal Lake State Park is a glacial lake beautifully situated among rough-hewn mountain sides. The Lake is approximately three miles long and one mile wide. In some places it is known to be more than 100 feet deep. The beach area has almost a mile of sandy shoreline with a marked swimming area. The large historic granite bathhouse has rest rooms, changing areas, and a concession stand. There are approximately 40 free standing charcoal grills, nearly 80 picnic tables, play areas, rental boats and canoes, and many parking spaces. Pets are not permitted.

Map of Crystal Lake (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.747069, -72.169533

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Activities

  • Boating

    Canoe, kayak, row boat and pedal boats are available to rent. You can also bring your own boat and launch at the park.

  • Bird Watching

    Crystal Lake State Park is an oasis for open water, woodland, and cliff & bluff birds. Species include: common loon, black scoter, ring-necked duck, snow goose, yellow-bellied sapsucker, woodpeckers, least flycatcher, black-throated warbler, red-breasted nuthatch, turkey vulture, red-tailed hawk, peregrine falcon, eastern phoebe, cliff swallow, and common raven.

  • Bicycling

    Take Pageant Park Road near the park for a low trafficked road with great views of the lake and beyond.

  • Camping

    There is one rental cottage available at the park that sleeps six. The cottage is fully furnished with appliances and kitchen gear.

  • Fishing

    Enjoy the peaceful opportunities Crystal Lake has to offer. Species found include rainbow trout, lake trout, yellow perch, chain pickerel, bullhead and panfish. Visitors over 15 years of age must carry a valid fishing license.

  • Hiking

    Nearby hiking in Willoughby State Forest offers incredible trails with overlooks into Lake Willoughby that are stunning.

  • Historic Sites

    Jay Peak Gondola, Jay; Burke Mountain Toll Road and fire tower, E. Burke; Historical Granite School, Brownington; Ethan Allen Furniture, Orleans.

  • Picnicking

    There are approximately 40 free standing charcoal grills, nearly 80 picnic tables, and play areas.

  • Water Sports

    The beach area has almost a mile of sandy shoreline with a marked swimming area. The large historic granite bathhouse has rest rooms, changing areas, and a concession stand.

  • Wildlife Watching

    In and around Crystal Lake State Park, visitors will hear and see much in the way of wildlife. Commonly seen species include: white-tailed deer, coyote, beaver, otter, fox, skunks, racoons, hawks, eagles, falcons, peepers, salamanders, fish, and more.

  • Winter Sports

    Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are great ways to explore the park in the winter. Once Crystal Lake freezes in the wintertime, locals and visitors alike enjoy ice fishing and ice skating.

Seasonality/Weather

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

Directions

Driving

From Barton: Off Vt. 16 at north end of Crystal Lake in Barton.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 525-6205

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