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North Hero State Park

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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.



Email: parks@anr.state.vt.us

Phone: 802-372-8727

Other Phone: 888-409-7579

Latitude/Longitude: 44.908381 , -73.234922

Camping Season: May 26 - Sept. 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 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.


Reservation Info

Reservations not needed but accepted for 2 night minimum.


Pet Policy

Dogs permitted on leash (written proof of rabies vaccination required).



Weather

Snow
Friday 03/24/2017 90%
Snow
Snow showers early will become steadier snow for the afternoon. High 36F. Winds SSE at 15 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 90%. 1 to 3 inches of snow expected.
Partly Cloudy
Saturday 03/25/2017 10%
Partly Cloudy
Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. High 34F. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.
Snow
Sunday 03/26/2017 50%
Snow
Partly cloudy skies during the morning hours will give way to cloudy skies with light rain and snow developing in the afternoon. High 39F. Winds light and variable. Chance of precip 50%.
Rain
Monday 03/27/2017 90%
Rain
Rain likely. High near 40F. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch.
Chance of Rain
Tuesday 03/28/2017 60%
Chance of Rain
Cloudy early with showers for the afternoon hours. High 43F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.


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