What to do in Button Bay State Park

Button Bay once operated as a farm and opened as a state park in 1964. The park is named for the button-like concretions formed by clay deposits found along the shoreline.

Park amenities overlook Lake Champlain and the beautiful Adirondack Mountains. A playground and picnic shelter are located near the large guarded swimming pool which is across the road from the campground. A nature center invites the visitor to discover the local habitat and wildlife. Fishing, sailing, boating and hiking are also enjoyed.

Button Bay, a 253-acre park, is located on a bluff in Ferrisburgh along the 130-mile long Lake Champlain. Historically, the area has been visited by such notables as Samuel De Champlain (1609), Ethan Allen (1776), Ben Franklin (1776) and Benedict Arnold (1777). What once operated as a farm, opened as a state park in 1964. The park is named for the button-like concretions formed by clay deposits found along the shoreline.

More than 80 species of fish are found in Lake Champlain which is one of the most productive fisheries in New England. Since 1973, Champlain has been the focus of a trout and salmon restoration program that involves sea lamprey control and the annual stocking of hundreds of thousands of fish.

Button Bay State Park offers camping, hiking, a nature center, swimming pool with lifeguard protection, playground and picnicking. The park is also popular with sailors, and cold and warm water anglers. Fishermen can expect to catch a variety of fish in the 278,400-acre Lake Champlain. Species include brook trout, 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. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Nearby attractions include Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Crown Point, Chimney Point, Fort Ticonderoga, Shelburne Museum, Lake Champlain Ferries and the Morgan Horse Farm in Middlebury.

From Vergennes travel .5 miles south on SR 22A. Turn right onto Panton Road and travel 2 - 3 miles west to Webster Road. Turn right (north) and travel a very short distance making a left onto Button Bay Road which takes you directly to the park.

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.

5 Button Bay State Park Road
Vergennes, VT 05491

Phone: 802-475-2377

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