Swimming and boating in a glacial lake; cottage for rent; pets not allowed
Crystal Lake is a glacial lake with a mile of sandy shoreline that includes a designated swimming area. The bathhouse has bathrooms, changing areas, and a concession stand. Also: picnic tables, charcoal grills, play areas, boats and canoes for rent.
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36 East Shore SouthGrand Isle, VTPhone: 802-372-4300
Many campsites; large sandy beach, swimming, shore fishing, sports fields
Grand Isle State Park is located on the largest island in Lake Champlain. The Grand Isle is also known as South Hero. Lake shore areas permit water access for swimming and shore fishing. Campers are also allowed free entry to the sand beach at Knight Point State Park seven miles north and Alburg Dunes State Park 19 miles north.
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Good family camping; hikes and walks; lake swimming; pets but not on beach
Lake Elmore, the centerpiece of this park, is 219 acres. The park's day-use area has a large sandy beach, a beach house with a community room that can be rented by groups for parties, a concession stand and cafe, restrooms, and boat rentals, and an open-air picnic pavilion. An entire beach house is available for rent from Thursday before Memorial Day to Labor Day for $450.
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151 Coon Point RoadAlburg, VT, 05440Phone: 802-796-4170
This 625-acre park is named for the sand dunes near the center and western end of the south-facing sand beach, one of the longest beaches on Lake Champlain. There is no public drinking water at the park, and fires are allowed only in grills in the picnic area. Sanitary facilities, picnic and parking areas are at the west end of the beach. The beach road (closed to motor vehicles) is a bicycle and pedestrian path between the dunes and wetland. Day use hours are from 10 a.m. to sunset. Open late May to early September.