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Lake Carmi State Park

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Lake Carmi, with a 1375-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 482 acres were purchased in 1959, and the park was developed in stages through the 1960s. Some of the land is under an agricultural lease so the open fields are maintained by farming activity.

There are 140 tent/trailer sites, 35 lean-to sites, and 2 cabins that make this the state’s largest campground. Rest rooms have running water and hot showers($). There is a trailer dump station but no hookups. Most sites are large enough to accommodate self-contained RVs. There are swimming beaches in both camp areas. There is also a day use beach with concession area, rest rooms, and rental boats.

Area Attractions: 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 Rufuge, Swanton; Granby Zoo, Granby, Quebec.



Email: parks@anr.state.vt.us

Phone: 802-933-8383

Other Phone: 888-409-7579

Camping Season: May 20 to September 5


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

From Enosburg Falls: Go 3 mi W on Hwy 105, then 3 mi N on Vt. 236.


Reservation Info

Reservations accepted for two-night minimum stay.


Pet Policy

Pets permitted only in designated campground section, on leash, with rabies certificate (required).



Weather

Snow
Wednesday 01/18/2017 80%
Snow
Snow likely. Lows overnight in the low 30s.
Snow Showers
Thursday 01/19/2017 50%
Snow Showers
Mainly cloudy with snow showers around in the morning. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds light and variable. Chance of snow 50%.
Partly Cloudy
Friday 01/20/2017 10%
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy skies early will become partly cloudy later in the day. High 39F. Winds light and variable.
Overcast
Saturday 01/21/2017 10%
Overcast
Cloudy. High 38F. Winds light and variable.
Mostly Cloudy
Sunday 01/22/2017 10%
Mostly Cloudy
Mainly cloudy. High 38F. Winds light and variable.


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