Another remote camping option in Lake Champlain is Knight Island State Park. This 185-acre island is a mile long and nearly a half mile wide. The park includes all but 10+ acres of private land on the island’s southern tip. When on Knight Island, please respect the rights of the park neighbor and keep off the southern end.
Knight Island can be accessed by a demanding eight-mile, open water paddle from North Hero State Park, or a six-mile open water crossing from Kill Kare State Park. The shortest paddle is from North Hero village (2 miles) where people can park (for a nominal fee) at Hero's Welcome.
Alternatively, Knight Island can be reached by ferry with prior reservations by calling Burton Island State Park at 802-524-6353. The island’s seven campsites, six of them with rustic log lean-tos, are situated approximately equidistant around the 2 ½- mile shoreline, and are connected by a trail system. If you arrive by ferry, it’s anywhere from 1/3 of mile to a mile to the campsite from the dock at the ranger’s residence. Sanitary facilities are minimal, and there is no potable water supply. Each campsite does have a picnic bench, fire ring and nearby privy.es have a picnic bench, fire ring and nearby privy.