Niquette Bay State Park

Niquette Bay State Park

Quick Facts

Niquette Bay State Park

Vermont

(802) 893-5210

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Overview

This 553-acre park began with an initial land purchase by the State of Vermont in 1975. It is named for Niquette Bay, the local name for an indentation along the northeastern shore of Lake Champlain's larger Malletts Bay. 4700 feet of scenic rocky and sandy shoreline along the bay comprise the park's southern boundary.

The property, much of it farmed and pastured through the 1800's, is predominately forested today. Two long ridges with summits rising to over 400 feet elevation run parallel along either side of a flat, sandy terrace bisecting the property. This terrace, in turn, is bisected by a brook and associated ravine. This brook, over thousands of years, has carried away sand and silt as the ravine was carved, depositing it into Lake Champlain and forming the sandy but shallow beach along the eastern half of the park's shoreline.

The westerly half of the park shore is of dramatically different character. Here, sheer cliffs of dolomitic limestone rise abruptly from deep water to heights exceeding 60 feet. These cliffs form the headwall of the western of the two ridges that cut through the park. The park's trail system accesses high points along each of these ridges, from which impressive vistas overlook Malletts Bay to the south, the Green Mountain ridge line to the east, and the Lake Champlain Islands to the west.

Map of Niquette Bay

Latitude, Longitude: 44.584740, -73.193920

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Activities

  • Boating

    Motor boats, canoes and kayaks like to pull up in the bay and enjoy a swim or enjoy the sun on the beach, but there is no launch site from the park.

  • Bird Watching

    Niquette Bay is a hot spot for birds because of its forested, cedar bluff habitat and sandy lake shore. You might see Canada warbler, Nashville warbler, ruffed grouse, pileated woodpecker or a rose-breasted grosbeak while hiking on the park trails, or osprey, terns, gulls, geese and cormorants along the lake shore.

  • Bicycling

    The Lake Champlain Islands, where Niquette Bay is located, is a mecca for bike riders in the summer season. Level terrain, quiet roads, and expansive views of Lake Champlain make for world class road biking. You'll also ride by farms, fields, orchards, beaches, and state parks all with the Green Mountains and Adirondacks as a backdrop. There are some great recommended rides in the Lake Champlain Bikeways network that you can explore while in the area. Many bikers use nearby Grand Isle State Park as a base camp while exploring the islands.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Niquette Bay State Park is located along the Lake Champlain Byway, a tour of secondary roads leading past farms, fields, towns, orchards, beaches and state parks around the lake.

  • Fishing

    Lake Champlain is known for brook, rainbow and brown trout, landlocked salmon, rainbow smelt, yellow perch, walleye, northern pike, chain pickerel, large- and small-mouth bass, bullhead, panfish and crappie. Visitors over the age of 15 must carry a valid fishing license.

  • Hiking

    There are several loop trails in the park that provide easy to moderate walks through forest and to the park's sandy beach on Lake Champlain. Pets are allowed on all trails, and pets are allowed off-leash on the Burns, Mulhey and Island View trails.

  • Picnicking

    While there are no specific picnic areas at this park, an easy walk down to the beach is a great place to have a picnic on the shores of Lake Champlain.

  • Water Sports

    Several trails lead to a sandy swimming beach, the quickest being the Allen Trail, which is a half mile walk from the parking lot to the beach.

  • Wildlife Watching

    With softwoods, vernal pools and ledges, Niquette Bay provides a variety of wildlife habitat. Common species are white-tailed deer, porcupine, raccoon, red fox, and coyote. Lucky visitors might see a flying squirrel or bobcat.

  • 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. Lake Champlain is a great winter playground when frozen offering ice fishing, ice skating, kite-skiing, and dog sledding opportunities.

Seasonality/Weather

Open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend for day use from 10:00 am - sunset.

Directions

Driving

I-89 to exit 17, US 2 Milton/Lake Champlain Islands. Turn west onto Raymond Road and continue to park entrance.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 893-5210

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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