Jamaica, VT 05343
Park Updates & Alerts
- NO WEST RIVER WHITEWATER RELEASE WILL TAKE PLACE SPRING OR FALL 2021. For more information, please scroll down to the 'White water release section' below.
- Please review our COVID-19 updates page before visiting.
- Firewood is not to be brought to parks UNLESS the wood is packaged, labeled as having been heat treated, and certified by USDA or the appropriate state department of agriculture. For more info, click here.
- The weight limit on the Depot Street Bridge leading into the park has a weight limit of 8 tons with no exceptions. Please be sure the total weight of your vehicle and RV does not exceed the limit.
Go 1/2 mile east on Depot St.
The weight limit for the town's bridge leading into the park has been downgraded to 8 tons. Be sure to check the weight of your RV or trailer unit!
Jamaica State Park, now comprising 772 acres, was completed and opened to the public in 1969.
Previously, the area had supported a few small farms and a sawmill. The West River Railroad ran through what is now the state park. The old railroad bed is now used as the trail that leads along the West River to Ball Mountain Dam. The railroad operated from about 1879 until 1927, when a flood wiped most of it out.
Jamaica State Park is located on a bend of the West River about one-half mile from the center of the town of Jamaica on the Salmon Hole of the West River. Two and a half miles upstream via the West River Trail is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Ball Mountain Dam Project. Hamilton Falls State Natural Area, which includes one of Vermont’s largest waterfalls, is a popular spot to hike. It can be reached via a 3-mile (one-way) hike from the campground. Please keep in mind that the State Natural Area is protected land – please stay on marked trails and leave only footprints. Swimming at Hamilton Falls is very dangerous and not recommended. There are strong currents and slippery rocks. Please do not attempt to access the middle pool as there is no safe entry or exit. More than 12 people have died at this site as a result of injury from attempting access or exiting the upper and middle pools.
The West River is also a favorite spot for many fishermen. The combination of deep slow running water and shallow fast ripples makes for some fine fishing.
Facilities / Amenities
There are 41 tent/RV sites and 18 lean-to sites that are spread throughout the campground. There are two restrooms with flush toilets, hot and cold running water and coin-operated hot showers. A picnic shelter for campers and a small nature center are located near the picnic area and swimming hole. A hiking trail follows the West River and branches off toward Hamilton Falls.
White water release
NO WEST RIVER WHITEWATER RELEASE WILL TAKE PLACE SPRING OR FALL 2021. For more information, read below.
We were recently notified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that there will be no scheduled recreational water releases on the West River from the Ball Mountain Dam in 2021. The Army Corps is in the process of completing a construction project which requires the pool behind the dam to be kept at winter levels; this eliminates their ability to store water for releases. There may be unscheduled releases related to storm events throughout the spring and summer dependent on local weather conditions.
If you wish to keep your existing reservation at Jamaica State Park there’s nothing you need to do.
If you would like to change your reservation to a different date, you may do so through your online account. If you wish to cancel your reservation, you may contact us at our Reservation Center at (888) 409-7579.
Important Note: If you cancel your reservation online, you will be subject to a $10 cancellation fee plus the loss of any reservation fee paid. You will not be able to recoup these fees is you cancel your reservation online. The only way to receive a full refund from a cancellation is by calling the reservation center.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers typically schedules water releases from the Ball Mountain Dam for recreational paddling on the West River twice a year. The controlled releases make for great whitewater paddling. Jamaica State Park is the center of paddling activity. In the fall, a truck shuttle (fee service) operates on a two-mile stretch of the West River Trail within the park which allows paddlers to maximize time on the most popular section class II to IV rapids.
During the fall release, Vendors are usually in the park selling food and gear. A Concession or Commercial License Agreement is required to serve/sell food, sell gear, and operate tours. The Park operates a truck shuttle 8:30AM – 3:30 PM Saturday and 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Sunday. Shuttle tickets are sold on site; cash only accepted. Single trip cost is $15; all day pass $25. You must provide proof of paid day or camping entry in order to buy a shuttle pass. Times and length of the releases and shuttle may vary due to water conditions and need.
Day use for the event weekends is paid at the park entrance. Bracelets are issued for day entry ensuring fast re-entry for those that leave the park. Everyone entering the park must have proof of paid admission. Per person day fees are valid at Jamaica or any other park on the day paid. Paid parking passes off site are not valid for park entry.