3034 VT Rte. 30
Poultney, VT 05764
Season: May 28 - 2nd Monday in October
Day Use Hours: 10am - official sunset
Camping Camping: 50 tent/RV sites, 11 lean-to sites
Pets Pets are not permitted on sandy beaches or in designated swimming areas but are allowed elsewhere throughout the park including the grassy area around the campers' beach.

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From Poultney:
Go 3 miles south on Hwy. 30.
Camping Camping: There are 50 rent/RV sites and 11 lean-to sites at the park.
Hiking Hiking: There is a universally accessible nature trail leads to great views.
Swimming Swimming: There is a beautiful sandy beach with a designated swimming area.
Boating Boating: There is a boat launch at the park and canoes, kayaks and pedal boats are available to rent.
Fishing Fishing: Panfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow and brown trout, yellow perch and northern pike can all be found in the lake’s cool waters.
Picnicking Picnicking: Lots of picnic tables and grassy areas make this park a popular destination for picnickers.
Nature Program Nature Programs: This park offers nature programs. Please call the park directly for more information.


Lake St. Catherine State Park has long been a destination for visitors seeking an area to relax, refresh and recreate. The 117-acre park has been in operation since it opened as a picnic and swimming area in 1953 on the shore of picturesque Lake St. Catherine. The park offers an array of recreation opportunities for campers and day-use visitors alike. These include a 61-site campground, a nature center, two sandy beaches, a large grassy field including a children’s playground and a snack-bar concession with rentals of rowboats, canoes, kayaks and pedal boats. A boat launch is available for those seeking a day of fishing or water skiing on the lake. A short hiking trail offers visitors a tour of the Big Trees of Lake St. Catherine and a breathtaking view of Birdseye Mountain.

Kayaks are available to rent through the park
Kayaks are available to rent through the park

Lake St. Catherine provides excellent fishing opportunities for anglers of all skill levels. Panfish, largemouth and smallmouth bass, rainbow and brown trout, yellow perch and northern pike can all be found in the lake’s cool waters. Lucky visitors may catch a glimpse of a white-tailed deer or even an occasional moose. Regularly scheduled nature programs are held at the nature center.

Prior to state ownership, the area comprising Lake St. Catherine State Park consisted of a summer camp for boys and farmland. Remnants of these past activities can still be found within the park.

Facilities / Amenities

The nature center at Lake St. Catherine
The nature center at Lake St. Catherine

The campground contains 50 tent/RV sites and 11 lean-to sites. Grassy open areas, wooded sites and lake access make this camping area very popular. Restrooms with toilets, coin-operated hot showers and a dump station are provided. The park has well-developed picnic and swimming areas. In addition to a nature center, there is a snack bar concession with canoes, kayaks, rowboats and pedal boat rentals.

Park Interpreter

This park has a park interpreter offering fun, hands-on activities. Interpreters are park staff solely dedicated to helping you learn more about the natural and cultural history of the park. Some popular activities include night hikes, nature crafts and games, campfire programs and amphibian explorations.

Check out the of current events to see some of the programs planned during your visit.

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