Branbury State Park
3570 Lake Dunmore Rd.
Brandon, Vermont 05733
Park Phone: 802-247-5925
Open for day use:
10:00 AM - Official Sunset
Season: Memorial Day weekend - Columbus Day weekend
Pets permitted in day use area (but not on sandy part of beach or in swim area) and all campsites!
Pets are not permitted in the cottage
NOTE: August 24, 2015.
The beach at Branbury State Park is now open per recommendation of the Vermont Department of Health. Park visitors may resume all normal activities. We will continue to monitor swim water and will post updates to our swimming page.
Branbury State Park Interactive Campground Map & Guide (pdf)
Branbury State Park's Moosalamoo Cottage
Branbury Trails (pdf)
Moosalamoo Recreation Area
See latest swim water sample
Weather Forecast for Branbury
A Note on Mosquitoes:
Branbury State Park is in an area of Rutland County where, in 2012, two human cases were confirmed to have Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
Eastern Equine Encephalitis is caused by a virus and spread by the bite of infected mosquitoes usually during late July through September. EEE is a rare but serious disease that has only recently been detected in Vermont. The 2012 cases were the first time human illness had been reported in the state. The severity of the illness is quite variable, and some people bitten by an infected mosquito may not become ill. Most people who become ill experience a flu-like illness with fever, headache, muscle aches, joint pain and fatigue. This illness can last 1 to 2 weeks. In some cases however the disease can be fatal.
Although the risk is thought to be low in Vermont, people should take steps to avoid mosquito bites.
These steps include:
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when you are likely to be exposed to mosquitoes.
- Limit the amount of time you spend outdoors at dawn and dusk.
- Use insect repellents that are labeled as effective against mosquitoes.
From Middlebury: Go 7 mi. S on U.S. 7, then 4 mi. S on Hwy. 53.
N43° 54.364' W73° 4.009' Directions/Map
About the Park:
Branbury is located on the eastern shore of Lake Dunmore at the base of Mt. Moosalamoo. The Green Mountain National Forest is its neighbor to the east. Historically, the 69-acre park operated as a farm at the turn of the century, then a guest house, summer boy's camp and private beach and picnic area. In 1945, it became Branbury (Brandon-Salisbury) State Park.
The park is divided by Route 53. Twenty tent sites and 7 lean-to sites are on one side of the highway in a heavily wooded area, and 17 tent/RV sites are located along the perimeter of a grassy open area near the beach. Flush toilets, hot showers ($), and a dump station are provided. The 1000 foot natural sandy beach, clean, clear Lake Dunmore, and the large open grassy areas make the area very popular for swimming, sunning, or picnicking.
Pets are allowed in the day use area, but not on the sandy part of beach or swimming area. Nearby hiking trails to scenic vistas, waterfalls, caves, mountain lakes and streams provide outstanding hiking opportunites. Mountain biking trails are also nearby. There is fishing and boating (Canoe, kayak, rowboat, and pedal boat rentals are available at the park) on Lake Dunmore.
Nearby Things to Do:
Salisbury Fish Hatchery (3 miles), Morgan Horse Farm and Craft Center, Middlebury; Lake Champlain Ferries, Shelburne Museum, Burlington; Wilson Castle and Vermont Marble Exhibit, Proctor; Maple Sugar Museum, Pittsford, Independence Farm, Orwell.