Lake Carmi State Park

Lake Carmi State Park

Quick Facts

Lake Carmi State Park

Vermont

(802) 933-8383

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Things To Do

Overview

With a 1375-acre surface area, Carmi is the fourth largest natural lake entirely within Vermont. It is 7.5 miles around, averaging about 20 feet in depth, and is 33 feet at its deepest point. The lake supports northern pike, walleyes, and other warm water species. The lake drains north into Quebec's Pike River, then into Lake Champlain. Lake Carmi was once much larger. In the thousands of years since the last ice age, the southern end of the original lake has silted in, creating wetland forests and the third largest peat bog in Vermont.

Map of Lake Carmi (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.952390, -72.883410

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Activities

  • Boating

    Canoe, kayak, and rowboat rentals are available at the park. There is also a boat launch for those who wish bring their own.

  • Bird Watching

    Many beautiful species of bird have been spotted in and around Lake Carmi State Park. 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.

  • Bicycling

    Ride around the campground for an all ages bike ride. For those wanting a longer workout, try an 18 mile Lake Carmi loop. Take State Park Rd to 105, then head north on 120 and finally loop back to the park on Lake Road. Enjoy the scenic views of the Lake and forested areas.

  • Camping

    There are 140 tent/RV sites (no hookups), 35 lean-to sites, and 2 cabins that make this the state's largest campground. Rest rooms have running water and hot showers($). There is a dump station. Most sites are large enough to accommodate self-contained RVs. Ice and firewood are available for purchase.

  • Fishing

    Lake Carmi is a great place to fish. Species you might catch include: yellow perch, walleye, northern pike, smallmouth-bass, bullhead, and panfish.

  • Hiking

    A nature trail connects the campground to the nature center. You can also hike into one of the largest bogs in New England. For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    Take a break from the beach and learn about the natural and cultural history of Lake Carmi State Park in the nature center. Explore the interactive displays while you learn interesting facts about the place you are visiting.

  • Picnicking

    A picnic area is available around the swimming area.

  • RVing

    There are 140 tent/trailer sites in the state's largest campground, Lake Carmi. Rest rooms have running water and hot showers($). There is a dump station but no hookups. Most sites are large enough to accommodate self-contained RVs. There are swimming beaches in both camp areas. There is also a day use beach with a nature center. Ice and firewood are available for purchase and pets are permitted in Area 'A'.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming, wading, and other lake sports are common at Lake Carmi.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife abounds in Lake Carmi State Park. Commonly seen animals include white-tailed deer, fisher, coyote, black bear, beaver, 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 Carmi is perfect for ice fishing, kite-skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or dog sledding.

Seasonality/Weather

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

Directions

Driving

From Enosburg Falls: Go 3 mi W on Hwy 105, then 3 mi N on Vt. 236.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 933-8383

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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