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Vermont State Parks' Top Five: Paddling
Burton Island State Park, St. Albans Bay

Accessible only by boat or passenger ferry, Burton Island sits just off of St. Albans Point in the northern reaches of Lake Champlain.  Known in the northeast as the “Sixth Great Lake”, Lake Champlain and its islands provide a paddler’s paradise with large expanses of open water, quiet bays and stunning views of both Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Adirondacks.  Forming a large part of the border of Vermont, New York and Canada, the Vermont side of Lake Champlain is known as the “West Coast of New England” and is famous for its fabulous sunsets.  

Burton Island State Park has tent, lean-to and paddlers-only campsites as well as a marina for power and sail boats.  Amenities such as hot showers, a store and bistro, nature programs, hiking trails, wood and ice are welcome additions.  Burton Island is part of the Lake Champlain Paddler’s Trail, a water trail traversing the length of the lake that provides primitive campsites every 8 to 10 miles and is managed through a public-private partnership committed to protecting the beauty of Lake Champlain and its natural and cultural resources.  A warning to novice paddlers:  the Lake can change from calm to extremely choppy very quickly so be prepared to change your plans, adjust your route, or wait things out if safety considerations so dictate.

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