What to do in Lake Carmi State Park

Lake Carmi, with a 1375-acre surface area, is the fourth largest natural lake entirely within Vermont. The state park includes more than two miles of lake frontage on the south and east shores. Most of the 588 acres were purchased in the late 1950's and the park was developed in stages through the 1960's. Some of the land is under an agricultural lease so the open fields are maintained by farming activity. Fishing is one of the most popular pastimes at the park along with boating, hiking, hunting, picnicking and swimming.

Lake Carmi, with a 1,375-acre surface area, is the fourth largest natural lake entirely within Vermont. It is 7.5 miles around, averages about 20 feet deep, and is 33 feet at the deepest point. The lake supports northern pike, walleyes, and other warm water species. Water from the lake drains north into Quebec's Pike River then into Lake Champlain. Lake Carmi was once much larger. In the thousands of years since the last ice age cleaned it out, the southern end of the original lake has filled in with silt and vegetative matter to create wetland forests and the third largest peat bog in Vermont. Most of the 140-acre bog lies within Lake Carmi State Park and is a designated State Natural Area. The road to camping area "B" cuts through the bog and is the northern boundary of the natural area. High ground on which camping area "B" is built would be an island if not for the bog.

The state park includes more than two miles of lake frontage on the south and east shore of Lake Carmi. Most of the acres were purchased in 1959, and the park was developed in stages through the 1960's. Some of the land is under an agricultural lease so the open fields are maintained by farming activity.

Overall the park includes a stream, meadow, northern mixed forest, a marsh and the state's third largest bog. This wonderful healthy environment offers a home to osprey, ruffed grouse, northern harrier, warblers, evening grosbeaks, great blue heron, green heron, river otter, white-tailed deer, muskrat, snapping turtles, raccoon, bull frogs, garter snakes and the noisy spring peepers.

Recreation
Lake Carmi State Park offers 588 acres for boating, camping, fishing, hunting, hiking, wildlife viewing, picnicking and swimming. There is a playground available in addition to boat rentals from mid-May through Labor Day. Cross-country skiing permitted in winter by walking around entrance gate; all facilities closed including restrooms.

Nearby attractions include Franklin Town Museum, 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. Sundays; Franklin County Historical Society, St. Albans; Jay Peak Ski Area; Smugglers' Notch and Stowe ski areas (gondola and alpine slide); Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton; and Granby Zoo, Granby, Quebec.

Location
From Enosburg Falls travel 3 miles west on SR 105. Turn right (north) onto SR 236 to reach the state park.

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
460 Marsh Farm Road
Enosburg Falls, VT 05450

Phone: 802-933-8383

  • Lake Carmi State Park Travel Q&A