Lake Champlain is a tremendous public resource, accessible to anyone. From fishing to boating to swimming you'll find a recreation that you love. This page offers some locations where you can enjoy Lake Champlain.

State Parks


Alburgh Dunes State Park, Alburgh - Day use site with a south facing sandy beach

Burton Island State Park, St. Albans - 253 acre island with walking trails, campsites, and access via a passenger ferry

Button Bay State Park, Ferrisburgh - Overnight and day use available

D.A.R. State Park, Addison - Overnight and day use available

Grand Isle State Park, Grand Isle - A full facility park

Kill Kare State Park, St. Albans - Popular recreational day use area with swimming

Kingsland Bay State Park, Ferrisburgh - Popular day use area

Knight Island State Park, North Hero - Primitive camping on an 185-acre island

Knight Point State Park, North Hero - Day use area with swimming beach and boat rentals

North Hero State Park, North Hero - Thick woods and old pasture with over 100 camp sites

Sand Bar State Park, Milton - Popular recreational day use site with a sandy beach

Woods Island State Park, St. Albans - Primitive camping on an island in Inland Sea

New York

Ausable Point Campground, Peru - Camping, hiking, and a natural sand beach

Crown Point Campground, Crown Point - Visit the ruins of revolutionary era Fort St. Frederic

Cumberland Bay State Park, Plattsburgh - Day use, camping and a natural sand beach

Point Au Roche State Park, Beekmantown -large day-use area, a protected, sandy beach, picnic facilities and concession stand

Public Beaches

In addition to the recreation resources below, most of the state parks listed above have swimming areas. Many of the beaches charge a fee for day use. Fees may vary for residents and non-residents of the municipalities who run the beaches.


Bayside Beach, Colchester

Charlotte Town Beach, Charlotte

Cohen Beach, St. Albans

Ferrisburgh Town Beach, Ferrisburgh

Leddy Beach, Burlington

Maquam Beach, Swanton

North Beach, Burlington

Oakledge/Blanchard Beach, Burlington

Red Rocks Beach, South Burlington

Shelburne Town Beach, Shelburne

White's Beach, South Hero

New York

Ballard Park Town Beach, Westport

Plattsburgh Beach, Plattsburgh

Port Douglas Beach, Chesterfield

Port Henry Beach, Port Henry

Boat Launches

There are over 50 public boat launches with access to Lake Champlain. They can be found up and down the lake. Below we have listed shoreline counties along Lake Champlain and the number of public launches found in each. We have also provided links for more information about specific state run boat launches in Vermont, and Essex and Clinton Counties in New York.


Addison (11)

Chittenden (13)

Franklin (7)

Grand Isle (15)

Rutland (1)

Washington (1)

New York

Clinton (7)

Essex (6)

Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs)


There is one National Wildlife Refuge in the Champlain Basin located in the northeastern portion of the lake.

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton - 6,729 acres


Maps and descriptions of Vermont's wildlife management areas can be found at the web site of the Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife. The following WMAs are located on or very near Lake Champlain.

Black Creek, St. Albans - 211 acres

Dead Creek, Addison, Panton, Bridport - 2,858 acres

East Creek, Orwell - 524 acres

Halfmoon Cove, Colchester - 294 acres

Little Otter Creek, Ferrisburgh - 1,416 acres

Lower Lamoille River, Swanton - 234 acres

Maquam, Swanton - 872 acres

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge, Swanton - 6,729 acres

Mud Creek, Alburgh - 1,151 acres

Rock River, Highgate - 296 acres

Sand Bar, Milton - 1,560 acres

The Narrows, West Haven - 429 acres

Whitney/Hospital Creek, Addison - 157 acres

New York

Substantial parts of the New York's Lake Champlain shoreline are within the Adirondack Park. In addition to the park, the following Wildlife Management Areas can be found on or very close to Lake Champlain.

Ausable Marsh, Peru - 660 acres

Kings Bay, Champlain - 683 acres

Montys Bay, Beekmantown - 318 acres

Putts Creek, Crown Point - 113 acres

Wickham Marsh, Chesterfield - 862 acres