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Burton Island State Park

2714 Hathaway Point Road

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.


Justin L

Monday, June 11, 2018
One of the better state parks in Vermont. What helps set this place above the rest is there are no campers, no cars (other than a few park vehicles) to disrupt you. The lake sites are really great. Trails to the far side of the island offer nice views of both VT and NY for both sunrise and sunset. The lean-tos are well taken care of and are worth the extra money on longer stays or inclement weather. Bring a bike to help cruise the island quicker.

Pamela Champagne

Wednesday, July 11, 2018
So relaxing. A true getaway not far from my Vermont home. Ferry and Park staff are curtious and have a drop off service for your gear. Peaceful, island exploration and semi isolation. Camped wih children and a dog and all had a great visit. Will do this again and again!

Beth Lussier

Saturday, June 16, 2018
Small swimming area, and good places to fish. The swimming area wad a little small and the rocks were a little sharp. There is a bistro with breakfast, lunch/dinner. Place to play field games and boat accessible docks in the lagoon.

John Murphy

Thursday, July 19, 2018
Bring bug spray and/or wear socks. Bug bites all around my exposed lower legs.

Bob Roach

Monday, July 16, 2018
Had a great day visiting old friends and memories.

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