262 Shaftsbury State Park Rd
Shaftsbury, VT 05262
Season: May 27 - 2nd Monday in October
Day Use Hours: 10am - official sunset
Camping Group Camping: 15 lean-to sites
Cabin/cottage/lodge Cabins/ Cottages: 1 cottage available to rent
Pets Pets are permitted at this park. Please clean up after your pets.

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  • Firewood is not to be brought to parks from out of state 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.
From Bennington:
Go 10 miles north on Route 7A
Camping Group Camping: There are 15 lean-to sites available for group camping.
Hiking Hiking: The Healing Springs Nature Trail offers an easy hike around Lake Shaftsbury.
Swimming Swimming: There is a sandy beach in the day use area for swimmers.
Boating Boating: Boats are welcome at the park. Kayaks, canoes and pedal boats are also available to rent through the park office.
Stand-up Paddle Boarding Stand-up Paddle Boarding: SUP's are available to rent through the park.
Fishing Fishing: Rainbow trout, perch and panfish can be found in the waters of Lake Shaftsbury.
Picnicking Picnicking: Plenty of great picnic locations plus an open-air pavilion that can be reserved for group functions.
Stand-up Padding Boarding Stand-up Padding Boarding: SUP's are available to rent.


Lake Shaftsbury State Park is on an 84-acre parcel surrounding the small but picturesque Lake Shaftsbury. The area operated as a private campground/cabin resort before it became a state park in 1974. It has become a popular park facility in southwestern Vermont.

Facilities / Amenities

Lake Shaftsbury cottage
The cottage is available to rent and sleeps 6

Lake Shaftsbury operates a group camping area with clusters of lean-to's and port-a-let facilities. Group camping is available throughout the year for scouts, church groups, and other organizations.

In addition to the group camping area, there is a fully furnished waterfront cottage with a deck and grill that comfortably sleeps six people.

Cottage pricing and details

Other day use ammenities and attractions include:

  • restrooms with flush toilets and hot and cold running water
  • a developed, sandy beach
  • picnic and play areas
  • a snack bar and concession area
  • boat rentals
  • a nature trail leading around the lake
Lake Shaftsbury pavilion
The pavilion has grills and picnic tables

The park also has a picnic pavilion that can be rented. The pavilion seats up to 100 people and has electricity, grills, picnic tables, and a nearby restroom. The cost is $100 to rent for the day plus the reservation fee.

Learn more about picnic pavilions

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