- 3803 Lakeview Drive, North Hero, VT 05474, USA
North Hero State Park is named for North Hero Island in Lake Champlain. Land for the 399-acre park was purchased in 1963. Nearly one-third of that land lies below 100 feet elevation. Lake level on Champlain fluctuates seasonally from about 95 to 101 feet above sea level so much of the park is subjected to seasonal inundation. The forest type in these floodplain areas is uncommon in Vermont, found only around Lake Champlain. The North Hero example is noted for its size, relatively undisturbed condition, and rare flora habitat.
The thick woods around the campground, and the fact that much of the property was farmed and pastured before becoming a park, have led to conditions favorable for wildlife. Old fields are in stages of reverting to forest. There is a diversity of habitats that land management in the park works to perpetuate. Fields are periodically mowed, burned, or cut back around the edges. Patches of one or two acres are clear-cut into the woods on a rotating schedule to create staggered openings in varied successional stages.
Such habitat work pays off. Whitetailed deer are common. A variety of migratory waterfowl – mallards, blacks, wood ducks, and more – nest in the wooded wetlands. Ruffed grouse and American woodcock find favorable conditions. Even fish – chain pickerel and northern pike – spawn and feed in the flooded areas. Map turtles, known to nest at only a few sites in Vermont, nest along the beach. A section of the beach is roped off during the hatching season to protect the turtles.
There are 99 wooded tent/trailer sites and 18 lean-tos that are arranged in three camp loops. Each loop has a rest room providing modern plumbing and hot showers ($). There is a sanitary dump station for RVs, but no hookups. Most sites are large enough to accommodate self-contained RVs. There are lakeside picnic grounds, a nongraded swimming beach, boat rentals, and a boat launch. Group camping is accommodated.
Other Phone: 888-409-7579
Latitude/Longitude: 44.908381 , -73.234922
Camping Season: May 26 - Sept. 5
- swimming pool
- lp gas
- modem connection
- sewer hookups
- other swimming
- cable tv
- dump station
- recreation hall
- group area
- phone hookups
From Alburg: Go 6 mi SW on U.S. 2, then 3 mi NE on Town Road From the north, take U.S. Rte. 2 south through Alburg and the first left immediately after crossing the bridge onto North Hero Island. Follow Bridge Road 2 miles, left at T onto Lakeview Road 2 miles, park entrance on left. From south, follow U.S. Rte. 2 north 3 miles beyond North Hero Village, bear right at Y onto Lakeview Road, 4 miles to park entrance.
Reservations not needed but accepted for 2 night minimum.
Dogs permitted on leash (written proof of rabies vaccination required).
Monday 12/05/2016 70%
Cloudy with rain and snow showers. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precip 70%.
Tuesday 12/06/2016 20%
Partly cloudy. High 36F. Winds light and variable.
Wednesday 12/07/2016 40%
Chance of Rain
Showers in the morning, then cloudy in the afternoon. High near 40F. Winds S at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
Thursday 12/08/2016 50%
Occasional snow showers. High 37F. Winds SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Snow accumulations less than one inch.
Friday 12/09/2016 50%
Mainly cloudy with snow showers around in the morning. High 29F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 50%.
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