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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;



Email: parks@anr.state.vt.us

Phone: 802-372-4300

Other Phone: 888-409-7579

Latitude/Longitude: 44.688657 , -73.294686

Camping Season: May 20 to October 10


Amenities

  • 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

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



Weather

Snow
Wednesday 12/07/2016 50%
Snow
Snow this morning will taper off and give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. High 41F. Winds S at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 50%.
Partly Cloudy
Thursday 12/08/2016 20%
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy early with partial sunshine expected late. A few flurries or snow showers possible. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.
Partly Cloudy
Friday 12/09/2016 20%
Partly Cloudy
Mostly cloudy skies early, then partly cloudy in the afternoon. A few flurries or snow showers possible. High 28F. Winds WNW at 15 to 25 mph.
Mostly Cloudy
Saturday 12/10/2016 20%
Mostly Cloudy
Mostly cloudy. High near 25F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Snow Showers
Sunday 12/11/2016 50%
Snow Showers
Partly cloudy early, then some snow showers later in the day. High 29F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.


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