Knight Island State Park

Knight Island State Park

Quick Facts

Knight Island State Park

Vermont

(802) 524-6353

Map Directions

Things To Do

Overview

Knight Island, acquired by the State in 1990, is one of three neighboring island parks in Lake Champlain's "inland sea. The others are Burton and Woods Island State Parks. This 185-acre island is a mile long and nearly a half mile wide. A great park for remote camping.

Map of Knight Island (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.811480, -73.253510

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Activities

  • Boating

    If you have your own boat, be advised, there are no docks, so you'll need to either beach it (it's fairly rocky) or anchor off. Make sure to check the weather before you go.

  • Bird Watching

    Many beautiful species of bird have been spotted in and around Knight Island. Some 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.

  • Camping

    Knight Island is a "remote area" campground. Remote area campsites, while beautiful, are not for everybody. Sanitary facilities are minimal, and there is no potable water supply. The island's seven campsites, six of them with rustic log lean-tos, are situated approximately equidistant around the 2 ½- mile shoreline, and are connected by a trail system. This gives you great privacy, but it also means you're going to have to walk. Camping is by permit only on designated sites. A permit may be obtained at the caretaker's residence on the west shore, and is necessary before setting up. Reservations (2-night minimum unless traveling by paddlecraft) made within two weeks of your proposed stay are handled through Burton Island State Park. Maximum eight (8) persons per site; fourteen (14) night maximum stay. Firewood is available for purchase.

  • 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. Kids younger than 15 do not need a fishing license, but 15 and older do.

  • Hiking

    There are several interesting and easy trails located on the island. For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Picnicking

    Boating out to the island and getting a remote campsite makes for the perfect picnic location. Each campsite overlooks Lake Champlain. A wooded picnic area with multiple picnic tables and grills is located further inland on the island.

  • Water Sports

    Lake Champlain is a great place for swimming, wading, jet skiing, water skiing, paddleboarding, and more.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife abounds in and around Knight Island State Park. Keep an eye out for otter, turkey, ruffed grouse, woodcock, woodpeckers, whitebreasted nuthatches, black-capped chickadees, vesper sparrows, alder flycatchers, chestnut-sided warblers, red-tailed hawks and sometimes bald eagles. Reptiles and amphibians include wood frog, spring peeper, American toad, and yellow-spotted salamander.

  • 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 Memorial Day weekend - Labor Day weekend.

Directions

Driving

Knight Island is located in northern Lake Champlain and can be reached only by boat. You must make your own arrangements to get to and from the island.

Public Transportation

Getting there and back: Knight Island is 2 miles east of North Hero village, and 5.5 miles northwest of Burton Island/Kill Kare State Parks. If you do not have a boat of your own, you will need to arrange water taxi service ($).

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 524-6353

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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