Green River Reservoir State Park

Green River Reservoir State Park

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Green River Reservoir State Park

Vermont

(802) 888-1349

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Things To Do

Overview

Welcome to Green River Reservoir State Park. Green River Reservoir became a state park in March 1999 when 5110 acres were purchased from the Morrisville Water and Light Department. Green River Reservoir provides camping and paddling experiences in a remote setting. The park's campsites can only be reached by paddling to them; some are a 1 to 2-mile paddle from the launch site.

Map of Green River Reservoir (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.620600, -72.528060

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Activities

  • Boating

    Boats powered by electric motors up to 5 mph and human-powered watercraft (canoes, kayaks, etc.) are allowed. Boat and equipment rentals are not available.

  • Bird Watching

    Green River Reservoir provides a habitat for many open water and woodland bird species. While visiting the park, you may see a common loon, horned grebe, red-necked brebe, snow goose, mallard, scaup, black scoter, white-winged scoter, northern shoveler, osprey, northern goshawk, barred owl, pileated woodpecker, brown creeper, verry, or a hermit thrush.

  • Bicycling

    Both mountain road bikers will find plenty of trails and roads in and around the park to explore. A highly recommended path is the one leading to Cady's Falls. Park at the bridge (you'll see a sign for rec parking) and follow the trail. The possibilities up this way are endless!

  • Camping

    There are 28 remote campsites at various locations around the Reservoir. Camping is allowed only at designated campsites and can only be reached by boat. Each remote site has a maximum site occupancy based on the characteristics of the site. There is one designated group campsite that can accommodate up to 12 people. Some campsites are closed each season and rehabilitated due to overuse through the years. The best way to protect all sites is by using a portable stove instead of a campfire for cooking. Please carry out what you carry in and leave no trace of your visit.

  • Fishing

    Green River Reservoir has 554 acres of fishable water. Species found there include: yellow perch, northern pike, chain pickerel, smallmouth bass, bullhead, and panfish. Numerous smaller ponds surround the reservoir and provide even more opportunities for quiet fishing.

  • Hiking

    Green River Reservoir is close to great hiking spots. There are several trails around the reservoir, and the trails at Smugglers' Notch and Underhill State Parks are a short drive away and lead in and around Vermont's tallest mountain, Mt. Mansfield. For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    Many of the fun tourist sights are located in nearby Stowe, but Hyde Park offers Sweet Crunch Bakeshop - be sure to try one of their famous maple cookies! Bingham Falls is a short hike to beautiful waterfalls near Smuggler's Notch State Park, or try Rock Art Brewery in Morrisville.

  • Picnicking

    Paddle out to a remote campsite or sunny rock to enjoy a rural and scenic picnic. Day use sites are also available for picnicking.

  • Water Sports

    Green River Reservoir is a great place to swim and wade. Take an inner tube and float along the quiet shores and enjoy the peacefulness of this special park.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife abounds in Green River Reservoir State Park. Commonly seen animals include white-tailed deer, fisher, coyote, black bear, beaver, otter, turkey, ruffed grouse, woodchucks, woodpeckers, porcupine, skunk, red-tailed hawks and sometimes bald eagles. Reptiles and amphibians include wood frog, spring peeper, American toad, snakes, and yellow-spotted salamander.

  • Winter Sports

    Snowshoeing and cross-country skiing are fun ways to experience the park in the 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, the reservoir is a remote place to ice fish, kite-ski, cross-country ski, snowshoe, or dog sled.

Seasonality/Weather

Open Memorial Day weekend - Columbus Day weekend. For day use the park is open from 8:00 am - sunset.

Directions

Driving

From the jct of VT Rtes 100 & 12 in Morrisville: Briefly follow Rte 12 S to Rte 15A to Route 15 E; Turn right on Rte 15 East. Take the first left onto Garfield Road. Follow Garfield Road for 3.1 mil to the yield sign and turn right (still Garfield Rd.). Take your next left onto Green River Reservoir Dam Rd. (no sign). Follow to 1.3 mil to park entrance. Access to the park is in the southern part of the Reservoir off of Green River Dam Road only.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 888-1349

Campground reservations

(802) 888-1349

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