Grand Isle State Park

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The Grand Isle, about fourteen miles long by three miles wide, is also known as South Hero. The Hero Islands were named to commemorate early Vermonters who had served in the American Revolution. The park, located on the east shore of the island off U.S. Route 2, began in 1959 with the purchase of Birchcliff, a private summer resort, by the state of Vermont. The original acquisition of 54 acres came with a hotel-like main building and accompanying rental cabins. The Activity Center in today’s park is an original Birchcliff building.

There are 117 tent/trailer sites, 36 lean-to sites, and 4 cabin sites that make this Vermont’s second-largest state campground. Rest rooms have running water and hot showers ($). There is a trailer sanitary station but no hookups. Fifty percent of the sites are large enough to accommodate self-contained RVs. Lakeshore areas permit water access for swimming and shore fishing. There is a boat launching ramp for registered campers and kayaks and rowboats for rent through the park office. Check the Nature Center for interpretive programs, games, or entertainment. There is sand-court volleyball, horseshoes, a play area and a nature walk, all within the park. Campers are also allowed free entry to the sand beach at Knight Point State Park seven miles north and Alburg Dunes State Park nineteen miles north.

Area Attractions: Hacketts’ Orchard, South Hero; Chazy Reef (world’s oldest fossil reef), Isle LaMotte; St. Anne’s Shrine, Isle LaMotte; Hyde Log Cabin (nation’s oldest), Grand Isle; Grand Isle State Fish Hatchery, Grand Isle; Snowfarm Vineyard, South Hero; Lake Champlain Ferries, Grand Isle; Shelburne Museum, Shelburne; Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, Shelburne; Church Street Marketplace, Burlington; ECHO: Lake Aquarium & Science Center, Burlington; Royal Lipizzan Stallions at Knight Point State Park, North Hero; North Hero State Park, North Hero; Alburg Dunes State Park, Alburg; Sand Bar State Park, Milton;


Phone: 802-372-4300

Other Phone: 888-409-7579

Latitude/Longitude: 44.688657 , -73.294686

Camping Season: May 20 to October 10


  • tenting
  • store
  • swimming pool
  • fishing
  • lp gas
  • modem connection
  • pullthrus
  • sewer hookups
  • laundry
  • other swimming
  • rentals
  • pets
  • cable tv
  • lodging
  • dump station
  • recreation hall
  • boating
  • group area
  • phone hookups
  • slideouts
  • wi-fi


Directions to Grand Isle State Park from the South: Take I-89 to Exit 17 Travel West on US Route 2 Travel through the towns of South Hero and Keeler Bay Continue straight through the flashing light at the junction of US 2 & Route 314 The park entrance road is exactly 2 miles past the light on the right side of the road Follow the park entrance road approximately a mile to the park office Directions to Grand Isle State Park from the North: Travel East on US Route 2 through the Champlain Islands Drive through the towns of Alburg, North Hero and Grand Isle The park entrance is approximately 2.5 miles on the left after the flashing light, just past the Grand Isle Elementary School (also on the left) Follow the park entrance road approximately a mile to the park office

Reservation Info

Reservations accepted.

Pet Policy

Pets permitted on leash


Chance of Rain
Friday 02/24/2017 80%
Chance of Rain
Rain showers early then thundershowers for the afternoon. High 41F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.
Saturday 02/25/2017 100%
Windy early with rain developing later in the day. Thunder possible. High 56F. Winds S at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 100%.
Partly Cloudy
Sunday 02/26/2017 20%
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 36F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Monday 02/27/2017 10%
Partly Cloudy
Partly to mostly cloudy. High 44F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph.
Chance of Rain
Tuesday 02/28/2017 50%
Chance of Rain
Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. High 41F. Winds light and variable. Chance of rain 50%.

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