Day Use Information

Day Use Overview

If you're looking to go for a swim, cool off by the lake, take a hike, have a picnic or just kick back and read a book, Vermont State Parks' day use areas are a great option!

Most day use areas have beaches and swimming areas, grassy expanses of lawn, boat rentals, grills and restrooms. Many day use areas also have playgrounds, concession areas and picnic pavilions.

Park entry fees are just a few dollars, and you can save money by purchasing season passes or punch cards.

If we can help you plan your perfect trip, give us a call at 1-888-409-7579.

Operating Schedule

Generally, most parks are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day or Columbus Day, with some opening earlier, and some remaining open later. For a complete list of park operating dates, see our Operating Schedule (PDF).

Hours

Parks are open from 10am until sunset.

Day Use Amenities

Over 30 Vermont State Parks offer day use amenities. View the tables below to see which parks have swimming areas, beaches, boat rentals, playgrounds, and more.

Northwest:

Alburgh Dunes, Burton Island, Kamp Kill Kare, Knight Point, Lake Carmi, Niquette Bay, North Hero, Sand Bar, Underhill

Park Swimming Boat Rentals Boat Launch Pavilion/ Shelter Grills Playground Snack Bar Hiking Universal Accessibility
Alburgh Dunes Canoe/kayak access Partial
Burton Island Marina Partial
Kamp Kill Kare Full
Knight Point Canoe/kayak access Nearby Partial
Lake Carmi Partial
Niquette Bay
North Hero Partial
Sand Bar Canoe/kayak access Partial
Underhill

Northeast:

Boulder Beach, Brighton, Crystal Lake, Elmore, Maidstone, New Discovery, Seyon Lodge, Waterbury Center

Park Swimming Boat Rentals Boat Launch Pavilion/ Shelter Grills Playground Snack Bar Hiking Universal Accessibility
Boulder Beach Canoe/kayak access Partial
Brighton Canoe/kayak access Partial
Crystal Lake Canoe/kayak access Partial
Elmore Canoe/kayak access Partial
Maidstone Canoe/kayak access Partial
Molly's Falls Pond
New Discovery Partial
Seyon Lodge Full
Waterbury Center Full

Southwest:

Bomoseen, Branbury, Button Bay, D.A.R., Emerald Lake, Kingsland Bay, Lake St. Catherine, Mount Philo, Lake Shaftsbury, Taconic Mountains Ramble, Woodford

Park Swimming Boat Rentals Boat Launch Pavilion/ Shelter Grills Playground Snack Bar Hiking Universal Accessibility
Bomoseen Partial
Branbury Canoe/kayak access Partial
Button Bay Partial
D.A.R. Partial
Emerald Lake Canoe/kayak access Partial
Kingsland Bay Canoe/kayak access Partial
Lake Shaftsbury Canoe/kayak access Partial
Lake St. Catherine Partial
Mount Philo Partial
Taconic Mountains Ramble
Woodford Canoe/kayak access Partial

Southeast:

Allis, Camp Plymouth, Coolidge, Fort Dummer, Gifford Woods, Jamaica, Lowell Lake, Molly Stark, Mount Ascutney, Quechee, Silver Lake, Townshend, Wilgus

Park Swimming Boat Rentals Boat Launch Pavilion/ Shelter Grills Playground Snack Bar Hiking Universal Accessibility
Allis Partial
Coolidge
Camp Plymouth Canoe/kayak access Full
Fort Dummer Partial
Jamaica Full
Lowell Lake Canoe/kayak access
Molly Stark Partial
Mount Ascutney Partial
Silver Lake Canoe/kayak access Full
Townshend Partial
Wilgus Canoe/kayak access

Day Use Fees

Standard Rates

  • Adult (14 +): $4
  • Child (4-13): $2
  • Small child (0-3): FREE

Group Fees

  • Groups of 25 people or more, paying in lump sum: $3/ person
  • School Groups (K-12), during the school year: .50/ person

Park Passes

Season Vehicle Pass

  • $90 annual pass
  • $50 for additional vehicle pass (must be registered to the same household)
  • Provides unlimited day use entry to any park, all season, for up to 8 people in one vehicle
  • Passes are non-transferable, must be affixed to vehicle front bumper
  • Can be obtained by calling our Central Reservation Call Center at 1-888-409-7579 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm), at the parks in season, or by purchasing online.
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Season Individual Pass

  • $30 annual pass
  • Provides unlimited day use entry to any park, all season, for one individual
  • Passes are non-transferable
  • Can be obtained by calling our Central Reservation Call Center at 1-888-409-7579 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm), at the parks in season, or by purchasing online.
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Punch Card

  • $30, 10-use punch card
  • Never expires, 1 punch per person
  • Can be obtained by calling our Central Reservation Call Center at 1-888-409-7579 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 4pm), at the parks in season, or by purchasing online.
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Library Pass

  • Free!
  • Available to check out from your local library
  • Permits up to 8 people in one vehicle entry into any VT State Park day use area
  • Visit your local library for more information

Seyon Fishing Pass

  • $125 annual pass to Seyon Lodge State Park
  • Includes day use entry and row boat rental
  • Visit Seyon Lodge State Park's page for more information

Green Mountain Passport

  • $2 lifetime day-use pass available to VT residents who:
  • Are 62 years of age or older OR
  • Are veterans honorably discharged from active duty in the US armed services
  • Only available from your local town clerk's office

Pets in Day Use Areas

Pets are part of your family, and we know that you want them to share your fun when visiting a state park. Here is what you need to know for a great experience:

  • Pets are not permitted on beaches or in picnic areas*
  • Pets are permitted in all campgrounds and trails unless otherwise designated
  • Pets must be on a leash less than 10ā€™ or safely confined at all times
  • Your pet is expected to have current rabies vaccination
  • Please be considerate to others and try to keep your dog's barking to a minimum
  • Pick up after your pet

*Pets are allowed in picnic areas at Mt. Philo, Allis, Elmore, Osmore Pond and Owlā€™s Head. Additionally, pets are allowed on the far side of the beaches (away from the swimming areas) at Branbury and Silver Lake State Parks.

Picnic Pavilions and Shelters

Picnic pavilions and shelters are great venues for group gatherings such as weddings, family reunions and group picnics. Some picnic pavilions are fully enclosed while others are open-air. They come in a wide variety of sizes and locations.

Rentals of some facilities include park entry fees for guests and trash removal. For others, entry fees and trash removal are not included. Park entry fees are $3 per adult and $2 per child (4-13 yrs.) for groups of over 25 people if paid in lump sum. Otherwise, park entry is $4 per adult and $2 per child (4-13 yrs.).

At the time of reservation, you will be sent a group-use form. We also ask that you contact the park at least two weeks in advance to confirm event details.

The following is a list of all Vermont State Parks with pavilions and/or shelters and the costs associated. For additional information, please see our complete pavilion breakdown (PDF).

Large Pavilions and Shelters (Accommodating 100 or more people)

Allis pavilion Allis State Park

Name/type: Open-air pavilion

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 100

Cost: $100/day

Desc: Mountain pavilion surrounded by great hiking and views. Shady area with large group grill. Day use entry is included in cost.

Bomoseen pavilion Bomoseen State Park

Name/type: Open-air pavilion

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 100

Cost: $100/day (Free Mon-Thu)

Desc: Pavilion on Lake Bomoseen. Concessions, newly remodeled restrooms and changing rooms, playground and boat rentals and lake access.

Boulder Beach pavilion Boulder Beach State Park

Name/type: Open-air pavilion

Electricity: No

Max Occupancy: 100

Cost: $100/day

Desc: Pavilion on Lake Groton. Concessions, boat rentals and room for outdoor games. Large, grassy area. Large group grills, beach access.

Button Bay pavilion Button Bay State Park

Name/type: Open-air pavilion

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 300

Cost: $200/day (Free Mon-Thu)

Desc: Pavilion on Lake Champlain with sweeping views of lake. Access to swimming pool, playground and nature center.

Camp Plymouth Fernwood pavilion Camp Plymouth State Park

Name/type: Fernwood open-air pavilion

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 100

Cost: $100/day

Desc: On Echo Lake. Concessions, restrooms, large group grills, easy access to boat rentals and beach.

Camp Plymouth Harwood pavilion Camp Plymouth State Park

Name/type: Harwood indoor pavilion

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 150

Cost: $300/day

Desc: Indoor pavilion with lots of space. Full commercial kitchen. Access to Echo Lake, concessions, rentals, and group camping.

Elmore pavilion Elmore State Park

Name/type: Open-air pavilion

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 100

Cost: $100/day (Free Mon-Thu)

Desc: Has charcoal grills, electricity, swimming, fishing, volleyball, and horseshoes. Large grassy area away from beach.

Elmore pavilion Emerald Lake State Park

Name/type: Open-air pavilion

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 100

Cost: $100/day (Free Mon-Thu)

Desc: Protected by a wooded area on two sides. Access to lake for swimming, boating and boat rentals, concession stand and picnicking.

Kamp Kill Kare pavilion Kamp Kill Kare State Park

Name/type: Open-air pavilion

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 100

Cost: $100/day

Desc: Open pavilion on Lake Champlain. Access to swimming, boating and picnicking. Fantastic lake views. Access to Island Runner ferry.

Kamp Kill Kare Rocky Point and lawn Kamp Kill Kare State Park

Name/type: Rocky Point House West Function Room, pavilion and lawn

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 300

Cost: $1200/day

Desc: Open pavilion on Lake Champlain plus West Function Room, porch and lawn area. Fee includes day use entry and trash removal.

Kingsland Bay banquet hall Kingsland Bay State Park

Name/type: Banquet hall

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 150

Cost: $2500/day ($900/day Mon-Thu)

Desc: Fri-Sun rentals include use of Theatre Building and Hawley House. Mon-Thu rentals do not. More: Kingsland Bay Event Guide (PDF).

Knight Point pavilion Knight Point State Park

Name/type: Open-air pavilion

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 100

Cost: $100/day

Desc: Open pavilion, large, shaded grassy area, access to boating, boat rentals and swimming beach, restrooms have composting toilets.

Lake Shaftsbury pavilion Lake Shaftsbury State Park

Name/type: Open-air pavilion

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 100

Cost: $100/day

Desc: Lakeside open pavilion on Lake Shaftsbury. Large group grills, horseshoes, volleyball, boat rentals, swimming beach, and concession stand. Group camping available.

Osmore pavilion New Discovery State Park

Name/type: Osmore Pond open-air pavilion

Electricity: No

Max Occupancy: 100

Cost: $100/day (Free Mon-Thu)

Desc: CCC-era log and stone pavilion. Surrounded by great hiking and views. Located on scenic Osmore Pond.

Silver Lake pavilion Silver Lake State Park

Name/type: Open-air pavilion

Electricity: No

Max Occupancy: 100

Cost: $100/day

Desc: Access to the lake, swimming, boating and boat rentals, concession stand picnicking and playground. Horseshoes and volleyball also available.

Mid-size Pavilions and Shelters (Accommodating 50-100 people)

Barnes Camp Function Room

Barnes Camp (near Smugglers' Notch State Park)

Name/type: Function Room

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 60

Cost: $100/day

Desc: Available Memorial Day weekend ā€“ Labor Day weekend. 30 chairs provided. For more information and reservations, call Smugglers' Notch State Park at 802-253-4014.

Camp Plymouth Wedding Grove pavilion Camp Plymouth State Park

Name/type: Wedding Grove open-air pavilion

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 60

Cost: $100/day

Desc: Access to swimming, fishing, paddling, concession stand, restrooms and changing rooms, lawn games and fishing.

Coolidge pavilion Coolidge State Park

Name/type: Open-air pavilion

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 70

Cost: $100/day (Free Mon-Thur)

Desc: Amazing mountain views, access to great hiking. Group camping available beside the pavilion. More: Coolidge Event Guide (pdf)

D.A.R. pavilion D.A.R. State Park

Name/type: Open-air pavilion

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 60

Cost: $100/day (Free Mon-Thur)

Desc: Stone pavilion overlooking Lake Champlain. Restrooms attached to shelter. Large grassy area, group grills.

Elmore function room Elmore State Park

Name/type: Beach house function room

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 50

Cost: $200/day

Desc: Part of the renovated beach house - lake views, concession, restrooms, and custom furniture; includes per person day use fee. Trash removal: $4/bag.

Kingsland Bay theater building Kingsland Bay State Park

Name/type: Theater building

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 50

Cost: $150/day Mon-Thurs only

Desc: Indoor gathering space with access to paddling, swimming, fishing, and lawn games. Included with weekend banquet hall rentals.

Molly Stark pavilion Molly Stark State Park

Name/type: Open-air pavilion

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 60

Cost: $100/day (Free Mon-Thu)

Desc: Access to hiking and horseshoes set in a quiet location. Camping available for guests wishing to stay overnight.

Mt. Philo meeting room Mt. Philo State Park

Name/type: Indoor lodge

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 60

Cost: $200/day Mon-Fri, $300 Sat & Sun

Desc: Access to great hiking, views, and picnic spots. Building dimensions are 30' x 40'.

Owl's Head pavilion New Discovery State Park

Name/type: Owl's Head open-air pavilion

Electricity: No

Max Occupancy: 50

Cost: $100/day (Free Mon-Thu)

Desc: Set in the Groton State Forest with fireplace and access to hiking. No per person day use fee required.

Underhill pavilion Underhill State Park

Name/type: Open-air pavilion

Electricity: No

Max Occupancy: 50

Cost: $100/day (Free Mon-Thu)

Desc: CCC-era log and stone pavilion in wooded area with access to great hiking up to Mt. Mansfield. Not universally accessible.

Small Pavilions and Shelters (Accommodating 50 people or less)

Branbury east shelter Branbury State Park

Name/type: Screened-in east shelter

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 40

Cost: $25/day

Desc: Screened-in wooden shelter near beach. Closest shelter to ladies' restroom.

Branbury shelters Branbury State Park

Name/type: Screened-in west shelter

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 40

Cost: $25/day

Desc: Screened-in wooden shelter near beach. Closest to men's' restroom.

Kamp Kill Kare West Function Room Kamp Kill Kare State Park

Name/type: West function room

Electricity:

Max Occupancy: 22

Cost: $300/day

Desc: Indoor space used for meetings, rehearsal dinners, cocktail parties, wedding gift display, etc. Fee includes day use entry.

Maidstone pavilion Maidstone State Park

Name/type: Open-air pavilion

Electricity: No

Max Occupancy: 35

Cost: $100/day (Free Mon-Thu)

Desc: CCC-era log pavilion with fireplace, access to swimming, hiking, and paddling. Secluded location.

Mt. Ascutney pavilion Mt. Ascutney State Park

Name/type: Open-air pavilion

Electricity: No

Max Occupancy: 30

Cost: $100/day (Free Mon-Thu)

Desc: Stone open mountain pavilion overlooking the CT river valley - access to great hiking and views.

Pavilion/ Shelter Rules & Policies

Alcohol: Kegs of beer or alcoholic beverages in bulk containers (larger than 1 gallon or 4 liters) are prohibited in state parks except when served by a liquor-licensed caterer. Group members are welcome to bring their own beverages, but any alcohol served to other than the person who brought it must be served by a liquor-licensed individual or caterer (Title 7 VSA Sec. 61).

Music: Reasonable sound levels must be maintained at all times. Noise that is disruptive to others may be prohibited or reduced in volume at the discretion of park staff. Be considerate of other visitors. Sound systems or DJ services must be pre-approved by the park ranger and, under certain circumstances, may not be acceptable.

Hours: Standard, day use hours apply (10am - sunset).

Damage Compliance Deposit: There is a $100 (per group) damage compliance deposit for pavilion use at all parks with the exception of Kingsland Bay State Park ($500).

Cancellations: There is a $25 non-refundable reservation fee. The balance of the fees may be refunded if cancelled at any time prior to the event.

Additional rules and policies can be found in the official rules document (PDF).

Weddings

Wedding at Camp Plymouth State Park
A beautiful day for a wedding at Camp Plymouth State Park

Host your wedding ceremony or reception in a Vermont State Park. Choose from over 40 unique locations across the state and make lush landscapes and romantic views the backdrop for your celebration, naturally enhancing the beauty of your special day.

Picnic Pavilions and shelters can accommodate groups from 50 to 350 people depending on location. Many offer recreational opportunities such as fishing, swimming, kayaking, canoeing and hiking to name just a few.

Most parks can also accommodate large event tents. See the pavilions Comparison Sheet (PDF) for details.

Some of our favorite wedding venues include:

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