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Northern region beaches offer swimming and services on Vermont lakes

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Crystal Lake State Park

96 Bellwater Avenue Barton, VT, 05822 Phone: 802-525-6205

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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Grand Isle State Park

36 East Shore South Grand Isle, VT Phone: 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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Elmore State Park

856 VT Route 12 Lake Elmore, VT, 05657 Phone: 802-888-2982

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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Kamp Kill Kare State Park

2714 Hathaway Point Road St. Albans, VT, 05481 Phone: 802-534-6021

Swimming and boating; kayaks for rent; public boat ramp; pets not allowed

The south-facing swimming area at this park, located on a long peninsula, has a sandy bottom and a public boat launch ramp.
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Alburg Dunes State Park

151 Coon Point Road Alburg, VT, 05440 Phone: 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.