Lake St. Catherine State Park

Lake St. Catherine State Park

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Lake St. Catherine State Park

Vermont

(802) 287-9158

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Overview

Lake St. Catherine State Park has long been a destination for visitors seeking an area to relax, refresh and recreate. The 117-acre park has been in operation since it opened as a picnic and swimming area in 1953 on the shore of picturesque Lake St. Catherine. The park offers an array of recreation opportunities for campers and day-use visitors alike.

Map of Lake St. Catherine (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 43.479830, -73.207230

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Activities

  • Boating

    Canoes, kayaks, rowboats and pedal boat rentals are available at the park.

  • Bird Watching

    Many beautiful species of bird have been spotted in and around Lake St. Catherine State Park. Some include: yellow-rumped warbler, Canada goose, scaup, black scoter, white-winged scoter, common goldeneye, northern harrier, goshawk, osprey, herring gull, chickadee, cardinal, white-throated sparrow, blue jay, northern shoveler, white-breasted nuthatch, goldfinch, and mergansers.

  • Bicycling

    Cyclists will enjoy taking the Delaware Hudson Rail Trail, a 22.3 mile trail that winds through quintessential Vermont pasturelands, farms, and wooded areas.

    Trail maps can be found online or at the park.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Lake St. Catherine is located on the Stone Valley Byway, which is highlighted by mountain slopes that provide a dramatic backdrop to the rural landscape and provide access to a host of recreational opportunities. Historic, picturesque towns dot the valley floor, and rich agricultural soils have accumulated alongside the free-flowing Mettawee and Poultney Rivers.

  • Camping

    The campground contains 50 tent/RV sites (no hookups) and 11 lean-to sites. Grassy open areas, wooded sites and lake access make this camping area very popular. Flush toilets, hot showers ($), and a dump station are provided. Ice and firewood are available for purchase.

  • Fishing

    Lake St. Catherine provides excellent fishing opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. Panfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow and brown trout, yellow perch and northern pike can all be found in the lake's cool waters.

  • Hiking

    A short hiking trail offers visitors a tour of the Big Trees of Lake St. Catherine and a breathtaking view of Birdseye Mountain.

    Lake St. Catherine State Park is enjoyed for its beautiful lake and for its landscape, rich with old and enormous trees. Explore these remnants of an ancient forest when you hike the Big Trees Nature Trail. Like most of Vermont, this area was cleared for farming and is returning to forest, but the large trees along the ridge were not cut when the rest of the area was cleared for agriculture. Learn about these big trees by carrying the informative trail guide during your 1/3 mile hike on the nature trail. This hike will take about 20 minutes, and if you are up for it, you can continue past an old farmhouse site and walk an additional ¾ mile and complete a loop through the big trees. For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    Equinox Mountain Drive, Manchester; Wilson's Castle and Vermont Marble Exhibit, Proctor; Hildene and Equinox Hotel, Manchester; Bennington Monument and Museum, Bennington; Orvis, Manchester.

  • Picnicking

    The park has an open group picnic area with picnic tables which seats up to 350 people. Charcoal grills are available for cooking. The group picnic site is nearby paddling, fishing, and swimming sites, as well as horseshoes and volleyball courts.

  • RVing

    The campground contains 50 tent/RV sites (no hookups) and 11 lean-to sites. Grassy open areas, wooded sites and lake access make this camping area very popular. Flush toilets, hot showers ($), and a dump station are provided. Ice and firewood are available for purchase.

  • Water Sports

    Swimming and wading in Lake St. Catherine is a popular activity on hot days. Boater can also take advantage of the option to go water skiing, tubing, or jet skiing on the lake.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife abounds in Lake St. Catherine State Park. Commonly seen animals include white-tailed deer, skunk, coyote, black bear, beaver, otter, turkey, ruffed grouse, woodchuck, woodpecker, whitebreasted nuthatches, raccoon, porcupine, 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 St. Catherine is perfect for ice fishing, kite-skiing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, or dog sledding.

Seasonality/Weather

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

Directions

Driving

From Poultney: Go 3 mi S on Hwy 30.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 287-9158

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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