177 Reservoir Rd.
Waterbury Center, VT 05677
Season: Friday of Memorial Day Weekend - 2nd Monday in October
Fees apply Fee Area: Day Use fees apply
Day Use Hours: 10am - official sunset
Pets Pets are not permitted at this park.

Park Updates & Alerts

From I-89 (Exit 10):
Take exit 10 from I-89, continue on 100 N for 3 miles. Turn onto Reservoir Road and continue for .04 miles.
Camping Remote Camping: There are also 27 remote campsites along the Waterbury Reservoir shoreline that are only accessible by boat. The remote campsites can be reserved online or through the Reservation Call Center at 1-888-409-7579 starting May 19. Those not reserved are first come/first served. The sites have privies but no potable water. See the Waterbury Reservoir Remote Camping page for more information.
Hiking Hiking: A universally-accessible trail was created in 2010.
Swimming Swimming: Waterbury Center State Park has a beach with a designated swimming area.
Boating Boating: Boats are welcome at the park. There is a boat launch, and canoes and kayaks can be rented through Umiak Outfitters.
Stand-up Paddle Boarding Stand-up Paddle Boarding: SUP's are available to rent through the park.
Fishing Fishing: Some of the fish species in Waterbury Reservoir include rainbow trout, perch, and bullhead.
Picnicking Picnicking: A great park for bringing a picnic lunch. Lots of grassy areas and picnic tables for visitors.


Picnicking at Waterbury Center
Waterbury Center is a great place to picnic

Waterbury Center State Park lies on the easterly trivium of Waterbury Reservoir, a quarter mile off VT Route 100. It is an integral recreation resource in Central Vermont and one of the newer park facilities within Mount Mansfield State Forest. The Reservoir is the ninth largest body of water in the state of Vermont and was created in the 1930's by the CCC as a flood control project to protect towns and villages along the Winooski River Valley. From late spring to early fall the Reservoir is maintained to a surface area of 850 acres and has a maximum depth of 100 feet. To prepare for normal spring snow melt and runoff, the surface area is reduced to between 415 - 610 acres throughout the winter. The designed flood control capacity of Waterbury Reservoir is approximately 9,000,000,000 gallons.

Waterbury Reservoir is also a great place to fish.


The park is located on a 90-acre peninsula and contains:

  • 17 picnic sites
  • 27 remote paddle-to campsites (see map)
  • picnic tables
  • charcoal grills
  • a swimming beach
  • a nature trail
  • trailer boat ramp
  • boat rentals- available until Labor Day
  • restrooms

A new, universally accessible trail was constructed in 2010 that includes two accessible fishing platforms.

There are a number of remote camping sites located along the reservoir, available on a first-come first-serve basis. Please call Little River State Park for more information on remote camping on the Waterbury Reservoir.

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