Burton Island State Park
Burton Island is a 253-acre park off the southwestern tip of St. Albans Point in Lake Champlain’s 'Inland Sea'. The park is accessible only by boat, with the state’s passenger ferry making the 10-minute trip from Kamp Kill Kare State Park.
18th century maps refer to this as the “Isle of White.” Jesse Welden, an early St. Albans settler and agent for Ethan and Ira Allen, is attributed with clearing and farming the island. As recently as 1874, Lake Champlain navigation charts label it “Potter’s Island,” though C.C. Burton, a farmer on the mainland, was using the island for pasture by the 1840’s. Sidney Burton owned the island through the early 1900’s and leased it to tenant farmers who raised cows, pigs, sheep and chickens. Crops included beans and peas. Remnants of the island’s agricultural past such as fence lines and stone piles, rusted farm implements and the foundation of the old barn are still visible.
My favorite place to camp. Only recently has there been any problems with raccoons or other nighttime visitors. Showers could use some work. Since there are no cars, kids can bike with no worries. Bright stars at night and so peaceful & quiet. The store has random hours that often don't match the posted hours. The sunsets are a must-see.
What started as an accidental booking turned into a wonderful anniversary weekend get away. We managed to get a lean to that was on the waterfront; perfect for kayaking to our spot. Only a short .70 mile kayak trip from mainland to our spot. Our neighbors, while close, were nice and there were trees to separate us. The island is accessed only by boat or ferry. If you have a layak or canoe its a lovely trip. We also kayaked their 3 miles of shoreline and encountered a paur of osprey at Eagle's Bay. Amazing sunsets and pop-up thunderstorms proved calming while hammocking in the lean-to. We even had a loon visit our site!. With clean showers and bathrooms, friendly staff, and quiet nights, this is the best camp value ($81 for 3 days/2nights) you can get for waterfront and beach access away from cars and mainland hub-bub.
Camp on Burton every August during the Leonid meteor shower. Beautiful setting with lake, leantos and paths to explore the island. Would give it 5/5 stars except for the raccoon visits last year. Since racoons can carry rabies, Parks Dept should relocate the raccoon population before some pet or child gets attacked and has to undergo treatment. Every night, raccoons would visit each lean to crashing pots and pans. We always prepare camp as if in bear country but we still lost hours of sleep as the group of raccoons moved from campsite to campsite. When they found food, they fight over it waking up half of the island. We lost hours of sleep chasing the racoons off with rocks and firewood.
Really nice place, really get away from it all. Calm, serene, beautiful place.
Such a great place to camp. Pros: no cars, no skunks/raccoons, most lean-tos are waterfront, good fishing, quiet