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Southern Vermont offers gorgeous lakes for paddling, canoes, and kayaks

Girl in Water - Emerald Lake State Park - East Dorset, VT - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Emerald Lake State Park

65 Emerald Lake Lane East Dorset, VT, 05253 Phone: 802-362-1655

Great camping, swimming, paddling, fishing, walking and hiking; motor boats prohibited

At this camping and water-sports park on Emerald Lake, paddling is welcome; motorized boats are not allowed, There is a small beach with a snack bar and boat rental facilities (canoes, kayaks, row and pedal boats).
Kids in the River - Jamaica State Park - Jamaica, VT - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Jamaica State Park

48 Salmon Hole Lane Jamaica, VT, 05343 Phone: 802-874-4600

Tent and trailer camping; white water release; fishing; pets allowed

This park hosts the West River whitewater release the last Saturday of September when the Army Corps of Engineers releases water from the Ball Mountain Dam,, creating great rafting, kayaking and canoeing. Whitewater enthusiasts gather to take on the class II to class IV rapids. Concessionaires sell food, equipment and gear. A shuttle services is provided from the West River Rail trail parking area to the Cobb Brook bridge. See park website for information on white water release.
Paddling at Woodford State Park - Woodford, VT - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Woodford State Park

142 State Park Road Woodford, VT, 05201 Phone: 802-447-7169

Good camping, walking and hiking; lakes with boat rentals; pets permitted

Woodford State Park is on an elevated plateau and near several lakes and ponds. A small beach and picnic area are located near the dam. Rowboats, canoes, and kayaks are available for rent.
Lake Shaftsbury State Park - Photo Credit VT State Parks
Lake Shaftsbury State Park

262 Shaftsbury State Park Road (Route 7A) Shaftsbury, VT, 05262 Phone: 802-375-9978

Furnished cottage on the lake; group camping; boat rentals; swimming; pets allowed

Location on the small but very pretty Lake Shaftsbury, this park has camping, a day-use beach and play area, and rentals of canoes, kayaks, rowboats, and pedal boats. The Healing Springs Nature Trail along the lake shore is good for walking. - Interactive Campground Map (PDF)
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