D.A.R State Park

D.A.R State Park

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D.A.R State Park

Vermont

(802) 759-2354

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Overview

With its picturesque setting on the shores of Lake Champlain, the park provides an ideal setting for anyone seeking a relaxing day visit or an overnight respite. A quiet park, it is popular for its large, open campground, grassy picnic areas and stone pavilion. It is a favorite spot for birdwatchers. D.A.R. is conveniently located near boat access to Lake Champlain. Located in the contemporary rural agricultural community of Addison, the area is one of the earliest and most intensely settled parts of Vermont, with evidence of human habitation dating back over 7,500 years. Native Americans regularly used the greater Chimney Point area for camping, hunting and fishing (and later, village settlements) for as long as 7,000 years until Euro-American settlers arrived.

Map of DAR (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.055520, -73.412830

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Activities

  • Boating

    There is a trailer boat launch near the park. Motor boating, sailing, kayaking and canoeing are popular activities on Lake Champlain. D.A.R. State Park is part of the Lake Champlain Paddlers Trail and is a great place to stop off for a hot shower on your paddling trip around the lake.

  • Bird Watching

    D.A.R. State Park is located on the Lake Champlain Birding Trail. You will find forest, field, and open water habitat species, including: common loon, scaup, black scoter, white-winged coter, common goldeneye, bufflehead, northern shoveler, and common tern. Also, nearby Dead Creek Wildlife Management area hosts an abundance of bird species and is known as a stopover location for migrating snow geese.

  • Bicycling

    The Lake Champlain Bikeway is very close to the park. On the roads around the park traffic is minimal, the terrain is flat and the views are great, making for great beginner and family riding.

  • Camping

    There are 70 RV/tent sites (no hookups) including 24 lean-tos located in an open grassy area, the rest located under a mature stand of hickory trees. Flush toilets, hot showers ($), and a dump station are provided. Some limited generator use is permitted. Firewood and ice are available for purchase. Pets are permitted, but not in the day use areas.

  • Fishing

    Fishing is permitted on the small shale beach at the park. Lake Champlain sport fish species include brook, rainbow, brown and lake trout, landlocked salmon, rainbow smelt, yellow perch, walleye, northern pike, chain pickerel, large- and small-mouth bass, panfish and crappie. Visitors over 15 years of age must carry a valid fishing license.

  • Historic Sites

    This area is thought to be the site of the first permanent Euro-American agricultural settlements in Vermont. In 1731, The french constructed a fort at Chimney Point to prevent the British advance up the Champlain Valley. Sieur Gilles Hocquart, Intendant of New France, was granted a large seigneury by the King of France in 1743. Seigneuries, or land grants, were issued to encourage settlement and cultivation and to maintain a strong presence against British encroachment. The Hocquart Seigneury included Ft. St. Frédéric, built in 1734, (now called Crown Point) on the western shore of Lake Champlain and land along the eastern shore, including what is now Chimney Point and the park. In 1759, the French evacuated Hocquart Seigneury, including Ft. St. Frédéric, and fled to Canada in response to pressure from the British. Historic accounts say the British blew up Ft. St. Frédéric and burned the French dwellings, leaving nothing but chimneys standing, giving Chimney Point its name.

    After the English won control of the area in 1760, English settlers began to arrive and build homesteads. John Strong is believed to have built a cabin on top of a former French home site. The foundation is visible just north of the park picnic pavilion. The Strong's cabin was burned in 1790 by loyalist British forces; at that time they decided to build the imposing brick mansion near the park entrance. The Daughters of the American Revolution purchased the property in 1934 and turned it into a museum depicting early colonial life. In 1955, they donated 95 acres to the State for creation of DAR State Park.

    Nearby historical sites to visit include the John Strong Mansion Museum, Chimney Point Historic Site, Crown Point State Historic Site, Fort Ticonderoga National Historic Site, Rokeby Museum and Mount Independence State Historic Site.

  • Picnicking

    On a bluff above the lake an open stone and wooden picnic pavilion (seating up to 60 people) is available for renting. The pavilion offers electricity, 1 charcoal grill, 10 picnic tables, and is accessible to horseshoes, a playground, soccer and ball field, and fishing. There is a bathroom in the shelter as well.

  • RVing

    There are 70 tent/RV sites (no hookups) located in an open grassy area, the rest located under a mature stand of hickory trees. Flush toilets, hot showers ($), and a dump station are provided. Some limited generator use is permitted. Ice and firewood are available for purchase.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming, wading, and floating on inner tubes are popular water activities in Lake Champlain to cool off on a hot day. Visitors also can jet ski, water ski, and sail.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Nearby Dead Creek Wildlife Management Area is one of the best wildlife viewing areas in Vermont. The WMA is home to white-tailed deer, bobcat, beaver, mink, otter and red and gray fox. Over 200 bird species have been sighted at Dead Creek. Marsh-dwelling birds such as marsh wrens, soras, common moorhens, pied-billed grebes, American and least bitterns, and many species of duck can be seen here. Other birds include bald eagle, osprey, northern harrier and short-eared owl. During migration, huge concentrations of snow and Canada geese may be observed.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are fun ways to see the park in winter. There are no facilities or staff available, but visitors are encouraged to explore the park during the off season and enjoy the quieter time of year. Lake Champlain offers ice fishing, ice skating, kite-skiing, and dog sledding opportunities on its frozen waters.

Seasonality/Weather

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

Directions

Driving

From Vergennes: Go 6 mi SW on Hwy 22A, 7 mi SW on Hwy 17 (Addison).

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 759-2354

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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