North Hero, VT 05474
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Along with Burton Island and Woods Island state parks, Knight Island, acquired by the State in 1990, is one of three neighboring island parks in Lake Champlain's "inland sea”. 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.
The island was farmed historically then was uninhabited for many years. It was a privately operated primitive campground through the 1980s. The owner lived year-round on the island and began a timber management program to supplement the camping operation. Under state ownership, remote area camping has been continued on seven sites dotted around the island. Land management activities are those which will keep the island unique and unspoiled.
Knight Island is 2 miles east of North Hero village, and 5.5 miles northwest of Burton Island/ Kamp Kill Kare State Parks. If you do not have a boat of your own, you will need to arrange water taxi service ($). There are two water taxi options, with USCG-licensed captains, operating from Grand Isle County. The state does not necessarily endorse nor recommend either, and rates vary by group size and pickup location. The water taxi services are:
Traveling with your own boat: Be advised, there are no docks, so you’ll need to either beach your boat (it’s fairly rocky) or anchor off. Visitors should also be aware that weather conditions do occur which can make travel on Lake Champlain hazardous. Delays in getting to and from the island are not uncommon.
Parking: Options for Knight Island parking include Knight Point State Park in North Hero (a three-mile crossing) or Kamp Kill Kare State Park in St. Albans (a five-mile crossing), where there is no parking fee for Knight Island campers. If launching a power boat, Kill Kare is your best option. Knight Point is fine for kayaks and canoes. The closest access (2 miles) is from North Hero village, where you may arrange private parking ($) through Hero’s Welcome General Store (tel: 802-372-4161). If traveling to Knight Island via water taxi, you should make your own parking and pickup arrangements through your water taxi operator.
Facilities / Amenities
Knight Island is a “remote area” campground. Remote area campsites, while beautiful, are not for everybody. There are composting outhouses and there is no potable water supply. The island’s seven campsites, six of them with rustic log lean-tos, are situated approximately equidistant around the 2.5 mile shoreline, and are connected by a trail system. This gives you great privacy, but it also means you’re going to have to walk. From the state dock, it’s anywhere from 1/3 of mile to a mile to the campsites, and while your water taxi operator may be able to get you closer, you shouldn’t bring anything you’re not prepared to carry in and carry out.
Camping is by reservation only on designated sites. A permit is necessary to camp and may be obtained at the caretaker's residence on the west shore. Reservations (2-night minimum unless traveling by paddlecraft) made within two weeks of your proposed stay are handled through Burton Island State Park. Maximum eight (8) persons per site; fourteen (14) night maximum stay. Fires are permitted in the designated fire rings.