Grand Isle State Park

Grand Isle State Park

Quick Facts

Grand Isle State Park

Vermont

(802) 372-4300

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Things To Do

Overview

Welcome to Grand Isle State Park, located on South Hero Island in Lake Champlain. The Island, also known as Grand Isle, is 14 miles long and over 3 miles wide, making it the largest in Lake Champlain. It contains the towns Grand Isle (on the northern half) and South Hero (on the southern half). The North and South Hero Islands are named in honor of early pioneering Vermonters who served in the American Revolution.

Grand Isle is a popular camping park with access to great boating, fishing, swimming, and scenic picnicking locations. There are 117 tent/trailer sites (no hookups), 36 lean-to sites, and 4 cabins.

Map of Grand Isle (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.687627, -73.294765

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Activities

  • Boating

    There is a boat launch for registered campers. Kayaks are available for rent through the park office.

  • Bird Watching

    Three hundred and eighteen species of birds breed or have once lived in the vicinity of Lake Champlain. Species include: yellow-rumped warbler, Canada goose, cackler, long-tailed duck, bald eagle, golden eagle, red-tail, northern harrier, goshawk, cooper's, sharpie, red shoulder, osprey, kestrel, junco, chickadee, cardinal, white-throated sparrow, blue jay, morning dove, white-breasted nuthatch, goldfinch, tufted titmice.

  • Bicycling

    A family friendly bike ride is around the campground at Grand Isle. For those wanting a longer ride, head south on Rt. 2 and pick up Burlington's Island Line Trail, a scenic, paved trail that runs along the waterfront for 7.5 miles, easy riding.

    There are many trails and routes to bike in and around the islands of Lake Champlain. Check out the Lake Champlain Bikeways for specific routes.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Grand Isle is located on the Lake Champlain Byway, a scenic road winding along the lake with views of the Adirondack Mountains in New York. Travelers to the byway can also visit an original log cabin built in 1783 considered the oldest remaining in the United States.

  • Camping

    There are 117 tent/RV sites, 36 lean-to sites, and 4 cabin sites that make this Vermont's second-largest state campground. Rest rooms have running water and hot showers ($). There is a dump station (no hookups). Fifty percent of the sites are large enough to accommodate self-contained RVs.

  • Fishing

    Lake Champlain offers many different species of fish including: brook trout, rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, landlocked salmon, rainbow smelt, yellow perch, walleye, northern pike, chain pickerel, largemouth-bass, smallmouth-bass, bullhead, panfish, and crappie. Visitors over 15 years of age must carry a valid fishing license.

  • Hiking

    Small trails connect the campgrounds with the Nature Center and beach areas. Take a stroll along the water's edge to relax and begin your camping vacation. For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    Nearby sights and activities include: Hacketts' Orchard, South Hero; Chazy Reef (world's oldest fossil reef), Isle LaMotte; St. Anne's Shrine, Isle LaMotte; Hyde Log Cabin (nation's oldest), Grand Isle; Grand Isle State Fish Hatchery, Grand Isle; Snowfarm Vineyard, South Hero; Lake Champlain Ferries, Grand Isle; Shelburne Museum, Shelburne; Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, Shelburne.

  • Picnicking

    There is sand-court volleyball, horseshoes, a play area and a nature walk, all within the park.

  • RVing

    There are 117 tent/RV sites, 36 lean-to sites, and 4 cabin sites that make this Vermont's second-largest state campground. Rest rooms have running water and hot showers ($). There is a trailer sanitary station but no hookups. Fifty percent of the sites are large enough to accommodate self-contained RVs. Ice and firewood are sold at the park. Limited generator use is permitted.

  • Water Sports

    Lake Champlain is a popular place for swimming, fishing, boating, and paddling. There is a boat launching ramp for registered campers, as well as kayaks and rowboats for rent through the park office.

  • Wildlife Watching

    In addition to many bird species, campers have spotted amphibians and reptiles such as salamander, frogs, snakes, and turtles. Mammals include: white tailed deer, beaver, musk rat, moose, and otter.

  • 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. Also, Lake Champlain is perfect for ice fishing, kite-skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or dog sledding.

Seasonality/Weather

Open mid-May through Columbus Day weekend for camping.

Directions

Driving

From the South: Take I-89 to Exit 17; Travel west on US Rte 2 through South Hero and Keeler Bay. Continue straight through the flashing light at the junction of US Rte 2 and VT Rte 314. The park entrance road is exactly 2 mi past the light on the right side of the road; Follow road to park entrance, approx 1 mi.

From the North: Travel east on US Rte 2 through the Champlain Islands. Drive through Alburgh, North Hero, and Grand Isle. The park entrance is approx 2.5 mi on the left after the flashing light, just past the Grand Isle Elementary School.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 372-4300

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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