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Lake St. Catherine State Park

3034 VT Route 30 South Poultney, VT, 05764 Phone: 802-287-9158

Lake side camping; beach; boating, fishing; boat rentals; pets allowed except in day use area

Located on Lake St. Catherine, this park has a campground, picnic and swimming areas, a playground. The snack bar concession rents out with canoes, kayaks, rowboats and pedal boat rentals.
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Half Moon Pond State Park

1621 Black Pond Road Hubbardton, VT Phone: 802-273-2848

Camping park has a pond; boats for rent; no motor boats allowed

There are two sandy beaches on the pond for swimming and sunning; rowboats, kayaks, canoes and pedal boats are available for rent (no motor boats allowed). The pond also has excellent fishing for largemouth bass, panfish, and perch. More fishing is at nearby Glen Lake and Lake Bomoseen.
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Waterbury Center State Park

177 Reservoir Road Waterbury Center, VT, 05677 Phone: 802-244-1226

One of VT’s top five parks for paddling and boating; also, swimming, fishing; no pets

Waterbury Center State Park lies on a 90-acre peninsula on Waterbury Reservoir. Visitors may use the reservoir for fishing, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, motor boating, jet skis, and water skiing. There is a 5 mph/no-wake zones. Open : Memorial Day-Labor Day; day use hours, 10 a.m.-sunset
See: Waterbury Reservoir Boating guidelines.

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Bomoseen State Park

22 Cedar Mountain Road Castleton, VT, 05743 Phone: 802-265-4242

Good for camping, swimming, fishing, boating w/ rentals; pets allowed in campground

The park has a beach for swimming and boating. Canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and pedal boats are available for rent.
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Button Bay State Park

118 Button Bay State Park Road Vergennes, VT, 05491 Phone: 802-475-2377

Camping on Lake Champlain; great views; guarded pool; trails; nature center

Canoes, kayaks, and rowboats are available to rent at this park, elevated above Lake Champlain.
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Wilgus State Park

3985 Route 5 Weathersfield, VT, 05156 Phone: 802-674-5422

On Connecticut River; popular for paddling, canoeing, kayaking; campsites; cabins with WiFi

On the Connecticut River, this park is popular with boaters, canoeists, and kayakers. This park provides day use access to the Connecticut River and the Pinnacle Trail hike provides a scenic vista of the Connecticut River Valley.
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Camp Plymouth State Park

2008 Scout Camp Road Ludlow, VT, 05149 Phone: 802-228-2025

One of Vermont’s top parks for paddling; beach; boat rentals; horse camping; walking trails

On the north side of the brook there are a large picnic area, play area, sandy beach, horseshoe pits, concession, and boat rentals. Open: Memorial Day-Columbus Day; day use hours, 10 a.m.-sunset
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Branbury State Park

3570 Lake Dunmore Road (Route 53) Brandon, VT, 05733 Phone: 888-409-7579

Popular for hiking and swimming; pets allowed in some areas

Branbury State Park is located on the eastern shore of Lake Dunmore. The park has a long sand beach on Lake Dunmore and the large open meadows. The park is popular for swimming, sunbathing, fishing and boating. Rowboats, canoes, and paddle boats are available for rent. Pets are not allowed on the beach. Season and Hours: Memorial Day-Columbus Day; day use hours, 10 a.m.-sunset.
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