Waterbury Center State Park

Waterbury Center State Park

Quick Facts

Waterbury Center State Park

Vermont

(802) 244-1226

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Things To Do

Overview

Waterbury Center State Park lies on the easterly trivium of Waterbury Reservoir, a quarter mile off VT Rte 100. The Reservoir is the ninth largest body of water in the state of Vermont and was created in the 1930's by the CCC as a flood control project to protect towns and villages along the Winooski River Valley.

This popular day use park provides an expansive swimming beach, picnic areas and grills, a universally accessible nature trail, canoe and kayak rentals, outstanding views, park programs, and more.

Map of Waterbury Center (VT)

Latitude, Longitude: 44.379701, -72.726970

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Activities

  • Boating

    A great park for any water activity, Waterbury Center's six-acre Waterbury Reservoir provides plenty of room for boating, kayaking, canoeing, and rowboating. A trailer boat ramp and boat rentals are available at park.

  • Bird Watching

    Waterbury Reservoir serves as home to many species of bird as well as an important migrating stop for those traveling, such as Canada Geese. Keep an eye out for Black-throated Blue Warbler, Canada Warbler, Wood Thrush, Loon, and the Bicknell's Thrush.

  • Bicycling

    You will find many bikers in the Waterbury/Stowe area. Rt 100 is a heavily trafficked road, but the secondary roads off of Rt 100 offer quieter rides and varying terrain. The Stowe Recreational Path has miles of path separate from auto roads.

  • Auto/Motorcycle

    Located on the Green Mountain Byway. Rt. 100 has many opportunities for visitors to sample some of Vermont's local produce and products. The Ben & Jerry's Factory, Cabot Creamery Outlet, Cold Hollow Cider House, and more are all within a few minutes drive from the park.

  • Fishing

    Many people fish from boats, canoes/kayaks, or off of the shore into Waterbury Reservoir. Fish species found in the reservoir include: Rainbow smelt, smallmouth-bass, rainbow and brown trout, yellow perch, brown bullhead, and panfish. Visitors over 15 years of age must carry a valid fishing license.

  • Hiking

    Walk the Peninsula Nature Trail in Waterbury Center State Park and discover the natural history, geology and cultural history of Waterbury Reservoir. Numbered posts along this universally accessible half-mile long trail correspond to interesting information in the trail brochure. This 30-minute hike will take you along the reservoir through pine groves, hardwood forest, and abandoned orchards.

    Nearby also has hiking in the Mt. Mansfield Forest, many trails for all levels. The effort of getting to the summit of the highest mountain in Vermont is well worth the views.

    For detailed trail info and maps, click on the link below to visit the park web page.

  • Historic Sites

    A short drive from the park, visitors can enjoy touring Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream Factory and Cold Hollow Cider Mill. Also nearby is the Green Mountain Club Headquarters (Waterbury Center); Alpine slide and gondolas (Stowe); Vermont History Center and Granite Quarries (Barre); State Capitol (Montpelier).

  • Picnicking

    The park is located on a 90-acre peninsula with 22 picnic sites, tables, hibachis, a large lawn next to the swimming beach with large trees for shade, a food cart available on many days, and restrooms.

  • Water Sports

    Waterbury Center is known for its great swimming. Other popular water sports include waterskiing and paddle boarding. Take an inner tube, relax, and float in the cooling waters of the reservoir.

  • Wildlife Watching

    Wildlife abounds in Waterbury Center State Park. You can find white-tailed deer, raccoon, fox, weasels, fisher, coyote, beaver, otter, turkey, ruffed grouse, 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. Ice fishing is also popular once the reservoir freezes fully. 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.

Seasonality/Weather

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

Directions

Driving

From I-89 (Exit #10): Go 2-3/4 mi N on VT Route 100. Look for the Umiak sandwich board on the left which is Reservoir Road. The park is a short distance down this road.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(802) 244-1226

Campground reservations

(888) 409-7579

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