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.


Phone: 802-933-8383

Other Phone: 888-409-7579

Camping Season: May 20 to September 5


  • 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


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).


Friday 10/21/2016 100%
Rain. Lows overnight in the mid 40s.
Saturday 10/22/2016 100%
Cloudy with periods of rain. High 47F. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 100%. Rainfall around a half an inch.
Sunday 10/23/2016 90%
Windy with rain and snow in the morning. Cloudy in the afternoon. High 42F. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.
Chance of Rain
Monday 10/24/2016 40%
Chance of Rain
Cloudy early with showers for the afternoon hours. High 41F. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Tuesday 10/25/2016 50%
Cloudy with a mixture of rain and snow in the morning. High near 40F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precip 50%.

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