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Vermont State Parks' Top Five: Paddling
Camp Plymouth State Park, Ludlow

Located in Vermont’s beautiful Central Lakes region, Camp Plymouth State Park sits on the shores of the long and narrow Echo Lake, near Ludlow, Vermont. 

The park has large expanses of impeccably maintained lawns shaded by stately mature trees, a large sandy beach, concession stand and canoe, kayak and pedal boat rentals.  Because the lake is so long and narrow, it makes for some interesting paddling. 

Starting from the park beach, paddle south past the park’s beautiful natural areas, then continue south past summer cottages, then back into the woods.  The lake narrows to little outlets with current that passes under bridges.  If you are a good paddler you can easily navigate these stretches, which makes for a fun mini “river trip” experience.  Or, if you’re not quite as accomplished, you can walk your boat through until the lake widens again. Once you pass the camps, you will go through a channel full of lily pads, turtles, swallows and herons, before finally ending at the peaceful Lake Rescue. The full round trip will take several hours, but you can make the trip as long or short as you wish by simply turning around when ready.

Camp Plymouth, with a dining hall and two open-air picnic pavilions available for rental, is one of our most popular park wedding venues.  The park also has four fully furnished cottages, a group camping area with lean-to’s, and a horse camping area.

Map of Echo Lake:

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