What to do in Burton Island State Park

C. C. Burton owned a farm on Lake Champlain's mainland in the 1840's and this 253-acre island was used for pasture. A descendant, Sydney Burton owned the island through the early 1900's and leased it to tenant farmers who typically kept livestock such as cows, pigs and chickens on the land while raising staple crops like beans and peas. Today, walking the island trails, you'll find remnants of the island's agricultural past.

There are 3 miles of shoreline, hiking trails, a nature center / museum, park store and food service, rowboat and canoe rentals and places to swim and picnic.

Burton Island is a 253-acre island off the southwestern tip of St. Albans Point in Lake Champlain's "inland sea." An 1874 Lake Champlain navigation chart refers to it as Potter's Island, though C. C. Burton owned a farm on the mainland in the 1840's and the island was used for pasture. A descendant, Sydney Burton owned the island through the early 1900's and leased it to tenant farmers who typically kept livestock such as cows, pigs and chickens on the land while raising staple crops like beans and peas. The Burton sold the island to Randall Dimon, who built the cottage on the island's eastern point. The Dimon's continued to summer in the cottage for years after selling the island to the state of Vermont in 1960.

Today there are 17 tent sites and 26 lean-to sites plus 15 boat moorings and a 100-slip marina with dockside electricity, fuel service and a marine holding-tank pumpout facility. This, with ferry service to the island (no vehicles) from Kamp Kill Kare, makes Burton Island one of the most unique parks in Vermont.

Recreation
Burton Island State Park offers 3 miles of shoreline, tent sites, hiking trails, a nature center / museum, park store and food service, rowboat and canoe rentals, and places to swim and picnic. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Location
From St. Albans Bay travel 3.5 miles southwest on Town Road, Lake Road and Point Road to Kamp Kill Kare State Park. Passenger Ferry to Burton Island which is accessible only by boat; no vehicles. Ferry runs 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ($).

Climate
Winter daytime temperatures in the lower half of the Lakes / Kingdom region averages 14 to 16 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 to -9 Celsius). The upper half of this region experiences winter temperatures ranging below 14 degrees Fahrenheit (below -10 Celsius). Summer daytime temperatures are cooler along the western area of Lake Champlain averaging 66 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 21 Celsius). The central area of this region expects temperatures from 66 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit (19 to 20 Celsius) with the eastern area of this region experiencing the coolest summer time temperatures of less than 66 degrees Fahrenheit (below 19 Celsius). The yearly precipitation for Lakes and Kingdom Travel Region vary from less than 36 inches (91 centimeters) along the western line to more than 44 inches (112 centimeters) along the eastern border of New Hampshire and Canada.

Address
P.O. Box 123
St. Albans Bay, VT 05481

Phone: 802-524-6353

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