Sand Bar State Park

Sand Bar State Park

Quick Facts

Sand Bar State Park

Vermont

(802) 893-2825

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Things To Do

Overview

Sand Bar State Park takes its name from a natural sand bar between South Hero Island in Grand Isle County and the town of Milton on Vermont's mainland. The park is on the mainland, or eastern end, of that sand bar.

One of the most popular parks for day use, Sand Bar, has a 2000' long sandy beach, great swimming, canoe and kayak rentals, food concession, shaded or open picnic tables with cooking grills, volleyball courts, horseshoes, and swings.

Map of Sand Bar (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.625455, -73.228487

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Activities

  • Boating

    Lake Champlain is a beautiful place to sail or paddle. Canoe and kayak rentals are available at the park.

  • Bird Watching

    Marshland south and east of the park is part of the 1,000 acre Sand Bar Wildlife Refuge, established in 1920 and managed by the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. A seasonal stopover for a great variety of migratory waterfowl and other birds, a waterfowl nesting area, and spawning grounds for many of the lake's fish. Bird watchers will have plenty of opportunities to spot many species in Sand Bar.

  • Bicycling

    A family friendly bike ride could be done in Sand Bar State Park. For those wanting a longer ride, head south on Rt. 2 and pick up Burlington's Island Line Trail, a scenic, paved trail that runs along the waterfront for 7.5 miles, easy riding. Also, There are many trails and routes to bike in and around the islands of Lake Champlain. Check out the Lake Champlain Bikeways for specific routes.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Sand Bar is located on the Lake Champlain Byway, a scenic road winding along the lake with views of the Adirondack Mountains in New York. Travelers to the byway can also visit an original log cabin built in 1783 considered the oldest remaining in the United States.

  • Fishing

    There's great fishing at Sand Bar. Lake Champlain offers a number of species including: 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.

  • Historic Sites

    Sand Bar has some history right in the park; the stone bathhouse was a CCC project completed in 1935.

    Other nearby sights and activities include: Hacketts' Orchard, South Hero; Chazy Reef (world's oldest fossil reef), Isle LaMotte; St. Anne's Shrine, Isle LaMotte; Hyde Log Cabin (nation's oldest), Grand Isle; Grand Isle State Fish Hatchery, Grand Isle; Snowfarm Vineyard, South Hero; Lake Champlain Ferries, Grand Isle; Shelburne Museum, Shelburne; Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, Shelburne.

    Just south of the park, Burlington offers many touring and cultural opportunities. The ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center provides interactive exhibits and events for all ages. Visit Church Street for great shopping and food. Also, other state parks a short drive away include: Niquette Bay State Park in Colchester, North Hero State Park in North Hero, Alburg Dunes State Park in Alburgh, and Grand Isle State Park in Grand Isle.

  • Picnicking

    Sand Bar is a popular place to have a picnic beside the lake. Visit the food concession stand or pick a picnic table in a shaded or open area. Cooking grills are available for use as well.

  • Water Sports

    A two thousand foot sandy beach gives plenty of space to wade into Lake Champlain. Many visitors comment that the shallow water continues into the lake far from the beach providing warmer waters for waders. Swimmers, people on floats or inner tubes, jet skiers, and water skiers are common sights at Sand Bar.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Marshland to the south and east of Sand Bar State Park is part of the 1,000 acre Sand Bar Wildlife Refuge, established in 1920 and managed by the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. Home to beaver, muskrats, raccoons, and turtles, it's a seasonal stopover for a great variety of migratory waterfowl and other birds, a waterfowl nesting area, and spawning grounds for many of the lake's fish.

  • 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. Open for day use only: 10:00 am - sunset.

Directions

Driving

From I-89, Exit #17 (Champlain Islands): Go 4 mi N on U.S. 2. The park will be on your right.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 893-2825

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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