What to do in Elmore State Park

Back in 1936 local residents decided to bequeath 30 acres of land to the State of Vermont for purposes of creating a community recreation area. They started with a picnic area and beach along the shores of Lake Elmore. Today the park encompasses 755 acres and offers an array of outdoor activities including camping, windsurfing, hiking to Balance Rock and more.

The town of Lake Elmore is located on the southeastern part of Lamoille County. It is bounded by Wolcott, Worcester, Woodbury and Morristown. The town, as granted, contains 23,040 acres (approximately 36 square miles). About half the area is suited for productive forestation and the remainder is harmonious to good dairy farming.

The lake covers an area of 500 acres and lies northwest of the town and empties into the Lamoille River through Pond Brook. Elmore Mountain is in the "Hogback Range" and its timber is mostly hardwood. The mountain is also located in the northwest part of town and has an elevation of 2,608 feet.

The park had its beginning in 1936 when the town of Elmore and local citizens made a gift of 30 acres on Lake Elmore to the state of Vermont. With modest means, a picnic and beach area were created. Today, with more than 700 acres, Elmore State Park has become a center of outdoor enjoyment.

Recreation
Lake Elmore State Park is a wonderful day use and overnight park. There is much to do and see for every outdoor recreation taste. Many enjoy hiking to the fire tower and Balance Rock which offer wonderful views without much effort. Fishing for warm water species in Lake Elmore include yellow perch, northern pike, smallmouth bass, bullhead and panfish. Folks also enjoy windsurfing on the lake or sunbathing and swimming along the sandy shoreline. A bathhouse and playground are offered as well as one of the original activities, picnicking. The park also offers concession and boat rental. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Nearby attractions include The Elmore Sugarhouse which offers an educational video illustrating the history of the maple sugar industry; Alpine Slide, Gondolas, and Trapp Family Lodge, Stowe; Johnson Woolen Mills, Johnson; Ben and Jerry's Ice Cream Factory, Waterbury; and the State Capitol and Historical Society in Montpelier.

Location
From Morrisville travel 5 miles south on SR 12.

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
856 Vermont SR 12
Lake Elmore,, VT 05657

Phone: 802-888-2982

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