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Woods Island State Park

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One of three neighboring island parks in Lake Champlain’s “inland sea”, Woods Island became Vermont’s forty-fifth state park in 1985. (Burton and Knight Islands are the other two) A mile long by a quarter-mile wide, 125-acre Woods Island is unique as habitat for a rich variety of plant life including many species rare or threatened in Vermont. A portion of the island was once farmed; traces of drainage ditches remain today. Still visible also is the farm house foundation and weathered remains of old farm machinery. A later attempt by a private developer saw the beginnings of an airstrip constructed down the center of the island; the earth berms you climb over on the cross-island trail are the runway edges.

The Vermont Division of State Parks intends to preserve the primitive character of the island and asks your cooperation in observing its guidelines for island use.

Ferry service: There is none, island visitors must make their own arrangements. There are no docks, so you’ll have to either beach your boat or anchor off. The beach tends to be fairly rocky, except for a point along the east shore, from which the walk to campsites is between one quarter and three quarters of a mile.

Camping: Woods Island is a “remote area” campground. Remote Area campsites, while beautiful, are not for everybody. Sanitary facilities are minimal, and there is no potable water supply. The island’s five campsites are situated approximately equidistant around the two-mile shoreline, and are connected by a trail system. This gives you great privacy, but it also means you’re going to have to walk and carry your own gear from wherever you come ashore. You shouldn’t bring anything you ’re not prepared to carry in and carry out.

Camping is by permit only on designated sites. A permit may be obtained through Burton Island State Park (two miles south), and is necessary before setting up.



Email: parks@anr.state.vt.us

Phone: 802-524-6353

Other Phone: 888-409-7579

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

Woods Island is located a short distance from Burton Island. No ferry service is scheduled. Contact the address or numbers below for more information.


Reservation Info

Reservations (2-night minimum unless traveling by paddlecraft) made within two weeks of your stay are handled through Burton Island State Park. Maximum eight (8) persons per site; fourteen (14) night maximum stay.



Weather

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Sunday 12/11/2016 20%
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Overcast. High 29F. Winds light and variable.
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Monday 12/12/2016 90%
Snow
Snow during the morning will give way to lingering snow showers during the afternoon. High 37F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 90%. About one inch of snow expected.
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Tuesday 12/13/2016 20%
Mostly Cloudy
Considerable cloudiness. High near 35F. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.
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Wednesday 12/14/2016 50%
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Partly cloudy early, then some snow showers later in the day. High 28F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 50%.
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Thursday 12/15/2016 20%
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A mix of clouds and sun early, then becoming cloudy later in the day. High 14F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.


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