Grand Isle State Park
36 East Shore South
Grand Isle, Vermont 05458
Park Phone: 802-372-4300
Season: May 9 - October 18
Pets are permitted in this park, but not allowed in cabins
Free Wi-Fi cafe is available
Grand Isle State Park Interactive Campground Map & Guide (pdf)
Programs at Grand Isle
State Parks of the Champlain Islands Map (pdf)
Grand Isle Video: Created by Sam Ashton and Marty Tobin
Cabins at Grand Isle
More Summer Activities in the Champlain Islands
Weather Forecast for Burton Island
Located on the Lake Champlain Byway
A Note on Mosquitoes:
The Vermont Department of Health is recommending that people take precautions against mosquitoes while enjoying the outdoors. West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) are diseases transmitted by infected mosquitoes. Human cases of these diseases are extremely rare in Vermont.
On June 17th, EEE virus was detected in one batch of mosquitoes collected in the town of Grand Isle. This is the first time EEE virus has been detected in Grand Isle County. This was also the first detection of EEE virus out of 300 samples tested this year.
According to the health department, people who become ill with either West Nile or EEE will have flu-like symptoms such as fever, chills, fatigue, and body aches. Symptoms typically last one to two weeks, but can also become very serious.
Ongoing mosquito monitoring surveillance coordinated by the Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health is taking place. This is aimed to keep everyone informed about the area and level of risk.
Although the risk is thought to be low in Vermont, people should take measures to avoid mosquito bites. Fortunately there are relatively easy preventative steps to take.
These steps include:
Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when you are likely to be exposed to mosquitoes, (typically at dawn and dusk).
Use insect repellents that are labeled as effective against mosquitoes.
Proven effective ingredients include DEET (N, N-diethyl-meta-toluamide), Picaridin (KBR 3023), and oil of lemon eucalyptus (p-menthane 3,8-diol [PMD] ). Be sure to carefully follow the directions on the label.
If you have questions about West Nile virus or Eastern Equine Encephalitis, an information line has been set up at 1-800-913-1139. The phone line will be operational from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also visit their website at www.healthvermont.gov
If you have additional questions, ask for a Park Ranger at the contact station. We hope you enjoy your stay!
View the interactive map for the Ironwood Trail:
View Grand Isle Ironwood Trail in a larger map
From the South:
Take I-89 to Exit 17; Travel west on US Route 2 through the towns of South Hero and Keeler Bay. Continue straight through the flashing light at the junction of US Route 2 and VT Route 314. The park entrance road is exactly 2 miles past the light on the right side of the road; Follow road to park entrance, approximately 1 mile.
From the North:
Travel East on US Route 2 through the Champlain Islands. Drive through the towns of Alburgh, North Hero and Grand Isle. The park entrance is approximately 2.5 miles on the left after the flashing light, just past the Grand Isle Elementary School.
N44° 41.215' W73° 17.488' Directions/Map
About the Park:
Welcome to Grand Isle State Park, located on South Hero Island in Lake Champlain. The Island, also known as Grand Isle, is 14 miles long and over 3 miles wide, making it the largest in Lake Champlain. It contains the towns Grand Isle (on the northern half) and South Hero (on the southern half). The North and South Hero Islands are named in honor of early pioneering Vermonters who served in the American Revolution.
Grand Isle State Park was opened in 1959 when 54 acres of land was purchased from Birchcliff, a private summer resort. The original acquisition included a hotel-like building, cabins and a recreation hall. Today's Nature Center is the last remaining Birchcliff building. Three additional property acquisitions brought the park to its current 226-acre size. Park development during the 1960's was spurred by a successful effort to attract visitors to the area by providing quality camping opportunities.
Today, the result of that effort is apparent. Grand Isle State Park is the most-visited campground in the state park system. With 4,150 feet of Lake Champlain shoreline, Grand Isle is popular with many destination campers who spend their entire vacation here. At the same time, the park location on US Route 2 attracts a high number of one-night campers, while proximity to population centers in Burlington, Vermont and Montreal, Quebec make it an easy destination for the weekend or spur-of-the-moment camper. Park property extends all the way west to Route 2, where part of the land is being kept open by agricultural lease, and some of what was pasture thirty years ago has reverted to woodland.
There are 117 tent/trailer sites, 36 lean-to sites, and 4 cabin sites that make this Vermont's second-largest state campground. Rest rooms have running water and hot showers ($). There is a trailer sanitary station but no hookups. Fifty percent of the sites are large enough to accommodate self-contained RVs. Lakeshore areas permit water access for swimming and shore fishing. There is a boat launching ramp for registered campers and kayaks and rowboats for rent through the park office. Check the Nature Center for interpretive programs, games, or entertainment. There is sand-court volleyball, horseshoes, a play area and a nature walk, all within the park. Campers are also allowed free entry to the sand beach at Knight Point State Park seven miles north and Alburg Dunes State Park nineteen miles north.
Access to the campground is limited to campers via an electronic security gate. Campers will need to obtain a pass card with a $20 refundable deposit at the park office.
Normal office hours are 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM. (9:00 PM on Fridays) Campers should attempt to arrive during these times.
Nearby Things to Do:
Hacketts' Orchard, South Hero; Chazy Reef (world's oldest fossil reef), Isle LaMotte; St. Anne's Shrine, Isle LaMotte; Hyde Log Cabin (nation's oldest), Grand Isle; Ed Weed State Fish Hatchery, Grand Isle; Snowfarm Vineyard, South Hero; Lake Champlain Ferries, Grand Isle; Shelburne Museum, Shelburne; Vermont Teddy Bear Factory, Shelburne; Church Street Marketplace, Burlington; ECHO: Lake Aquarium & Science Center, Burlington; Niquette Bay State Park, Colchester, North Hero State Park, North Hero; Alburg Dunes State Park, Alburg; Sand Bar State Park, Milton.