What to do in Cambridge State Forest

Cambridge State Forest is a sandy-soiled woods of old hemlocks and white pine used primarily for hunting. Some of the hemlock within the stand extend to 48 inches in diameter.

Cambridge State Forest is located just north of the town of Cambridge in the Lake Champlain Valley. The Forest is comprised of a mere 22 acres used mainly for hunting. Hunters and others will see an old-growth white pine and hemlock stand where some trunks measure up to 48 inches in diameter. The forested tract covers a steep, sandy slope.

Hunting is the only recreation offered at Cambridge State Forest other than walking through an old-growth forest comprised of huge hemlock and white pine. Paddlesport enthusiasts will be interested in knowing that there are two nearby paddling opportunities along the Lamoille River. Incidentally, Lamoille River is a popular fishery east, north and west of Cambridge. North and west, coldwater species are found while the eastern waters, near Lake Champlain, support both warmwater and coldwater species. A paddling opportunity is found several miles west of Cambridge in Fairfax Falls along SR 104 just below the dam. This excursion will carry the boater nearly 20 miles through the Green Mountains to terminate at Lake Champlain. Class I, II and III rapids are encountered. The takeout is located at Sandbar State Park. The other paddling opportunity near Cambridge is located east of the forestland in Johnson along SR 15. This 27-mile excursion takes out at the Fairfax Falls Bridge. Class II and III rapids are encountered

Cambridge State Forest is located just north of Cambridge on Pump Harbor Road north of SR 15.

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.

103 South Main Street
Waterbury, VT 05671-0601

Phone: 802-241-3670

Fax: 802-244-1481

Email: parks@fpr.anr.state.vt.us
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