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Vermont State Parks' Top Five: Remote Camping
Woods Island State Park, St. Albans Bay

Accessible only by boat and located 2 ½ miles from the launch at Kill Kare State Park, Woods Island State Park is located in St. Albans Bay in the northern reaches of Lake Champlain. 

A mile long by a quarter-mile wide, 125-acre Woods Island is provides unique habitat for a rich variety of plant life including many species that are rare or threatened in Vermont.  This isolated island was once intended to be a corporate retreat location and the remnants of an abandoned air-strip can still be seen on the quarter mile long trail which bisects the park. 

The island’s five campsites are situated approximately equidistant around the two-mile shoreline, and are connected by a trail system.  There are no docks, so you’ll have to either beach your boat or anchor off. The beach tends to be fairly rocky, except for a point along the east shore, from which the walk to campsites is between one quarter and three quarters of a mile.  This gives you great privacy, but it also means you’re going to have to walk and carry your own gear from wherever you come ashore.  You shouldn’t bring anything you’re not prepared to carry in and carry out. 

Sanitary facilities are minimal, and there is no potable water supply. Each campsite does have a fire ring and nearby privy.  The reward is a private island getaway in Lake Champlain with great swimming, fishing, boating and unparalleled sunsets.



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