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Reservations Basics


When you can make reservations

Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance, and the inventory for the entire month opens the first business day of the month at 9:00 AM for all parks, except Burton Island, whose inventory opens the first business day at 9:00 AM on or after the 15th of each month.

For instance, the first chance you have to make camping reservations for Little River for July 2014 is August 1, 2013 at 9:00 AM, and so on.

The first chance you have to make reservations for Burton Island for July 2014 is August 15, 2013 at 9:00 AM, and so on.

We choose the 9:00 AM business day start time so that campers making reservations through the Reservation Call Center have the same opportunity as those campers making reservations online.

By November of each current year the whole camping season for the next year would be available.

During the park operating season, reservations for dates 14 days or less in advance are made directly by calling theparks.


Reservations for dates 15 days or more in advance may be madeonline or through the Reservation Call Center.


 Minimum Reservation Periods


All parks have minimum reservation periods.  If you are making your reservation prior to March 1st of the current camping season, the minimum reservation period is 4 nights at most parks. If you are making your reservation after 9:00 am, March 1st, (or 9:00 am the first business day following March 1st if March 1st falls on a weekend) the minimum number of nights drops down to two nights.

A complete listing of minimum reservation nights can be found on our fee schedule.


Bicyclists and paddlers who are arriving at the park under their own power may make 1-night reservations, through the park or the reservation call center.


Maximum Stay


For all parks, there is a maximum stay of 21 consecutive nights.



Camping without Reservations


If you’re feeling spontaneous, you can camp in a campground without reservations, space permitting.  Most parks, even in summer, will have at least a few sites available, especially mid-week.  Vermont State Parks do not hold a specific number of sites open for “drive-in” campers.


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