From Vergennes: Go 1/2 mi. S on Hwy. 22A, then 6-1/2 mi. NW on local roads.
N44° 10.974' W73° 21.023' Directions/Map
About the Park:
Button Bay, a 253-acre park, is located on a bluff in Ferrisburgh along the 130-mile long Lake Champlain. Historically, the area has been visited by such notables as Samuel De Champlain (1609), Ethan Allen (1776), Ben Franklin (1776), and Benedict Arnold (1777). What once operated as a farm, opened as a state park in 1964. The park is so named for the button-like concretions formed by clay deposits found along the shoreline.
The camping area is generally an open, grassy area overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains to the west. There are 73 sites including 13 lean-tos and 4 cabins. Flush toilets, hot showers ($), picnic areas and a dump station are provided. The park has a play area and a swimming pool with lifeguards. Kayak rentals are available. Fishing and sailing are popular on Lake Champlain. You can explore Button Point Natural Area, a small mature hardwood forest, hike the trail, and visit the Nature Center.
Park Interpreter Programs:
There is a Park Interpreter offering fun, hands-on activities at this park. Interpreters are park staff solely dedicated to helping you learn more about the natural and cultural history of this park. Are you curious about some of the animals that live in the park? Are you wondering the history of this place you love to visit? Get answers to all your questions by attending interpretive programs, or by having a chat with the Park Interpreter during your visit. Some popular activities available are night hikes, nature crafts, campfire programs, amphibian explorations, and nature games. Check out the calendar of current events to see some of the programs planned during your visit, look for program schedules displayed in the park, and stop by the nature center to learn more.
Click here for a calendar of events at all parks on our department website
You Can Rent the Pavilion at Button Bay
This large open pavilion seats up to 300
people and offers electricity, grills, picnic tables, and a nearby restroom. The cost is $200 when rented Friday - Sunday and is FREE Monday - Thursday. Click here for more information.
Nearby Things to Do:
Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, Crown Point, Chimney Point, Fort Ticonderoga, Shelburne Museum, Lake Champlain Ferries, Rokeby Museum and the Morgan Horse Farm in Middlebury.