What to do in Bomoseen State Park

Bomoseen State Park is located in the Taconic Mountains on the shores of Vermont's largest lake wholly within the state, Lake Bomoseen. Fishing and boating are extremely popular as well as the Slate History Trail which is an easy walk to remains of West Castleton, a 19th century industrial town. Half Moon State Park is nearby.

The Taconics are the slate-producing region of Vermont, and the area's history parallels the rise and fall of Vermont's slate industry. Bomoseen State Park has several quarry holes and their adjacent colorful slate rubble piles. These quarries provided slate for the West Castleton Railroad and Slate Company, a complex of sixty to seventy buildings that stood between Glen Lake and Lake Bomoseen. (Half Moon State Park is nearby.)

Bomoseen State Park offers over 350 acres near Fair Haven for picnicking, camping, swimming, boating (rentals available), concession area, hiking trails, warm and cold-water fishing, large and small game hunting as well as hunting waterfowl. In particular, the Slate History Trail is an interpretive trail with an accompanying brochure which takes you past several slate buildings and crumbling foundations. Brochures are available at the contact station. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

From Hydeville travel 4 miles north on West Shore Road. The park sits on the western shore of the lake.

Winter daytime temperatures average between 16 and 18 degrees Fahrenheit (between -9 and -8 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures average between 68 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit (20 and 21 Celsius). Much of the state's precipitation is the result of snow, particularly throughout the mountains. The Heart of Vermont Travel Region has diverse precipitation totals ranging from 40 to 44 inches (102 and 112 centimeters) in the center area of the region decreasing to less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the state lines of New York and New Hampshire.

22 Cedar Mountain Road
Fair Haven, VT 05743

Phone: 802-265-4242

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