The park is on an island and is only accessible by boat.
2714 Hathaway Point Rd
St. Albans, VT 05481 (Kill Kare ferry access point)
Season: Friday of Memorial Day Weekend - Labor Day
Day Use Hours: 10am - official sunset
Camping Camping: 14 tent sites, 26 lean-to sites, 3 cabins and 4 remote tent sites
Marina: 100 slips, day use and transient with dockside electric
Pets Pets are not permitted in the designated swimming area or in the marina. Pets are allowed elsewhere throughout the park. Please clean up after your pets.

Park Updates & Alerts

  • Check for beach closures and latest swimwater test results for this location.
  • 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.
  • Due to limited parking at the Kill Kare ferry launch, we request a maximum of 2 cars per group
  • The Island Runner Ferry will continue to operate with reservations. Please call Kill Kare to schedule your trips to Burton Island.
This is a remote park only accessible via boat. The Island Runner Ferry (no cars) leaves from Kill Kare State Park. To reach Kill Kare, from St. Albans Bay:
Go 3-1/2 mi. SW on Town Road, Lake Road and Point Road to Kill Kare State Park.
Camping Camping: This park has 14 tent sites, 26 lean-to's and 4 remote tent sites. There are also 3 cabins available to rent.
Hiking Hiking: There are a number of mostly-flat trails around the island, including a self-guided nature trail.
Swimming Swimming: There are plenty of great spots to take a swim in Lake Champlain throughout the island.
Boating Boating: Canoes and kayaks are available to rent.
Stand-up Paddingboarding Stand-up Paddle Boarding: SUP's are available to rent through the park.
Fishing Fishing: Lake Champlain has lots of great fishing.
Picnicking Picnicking: Lots of great picnicking options around the island.
Stand-up Padding Boarding Stand-up Padding Boarding: SUP's are available to rent.
Biking Biking: Bicycles are available to rent.
Disc golf Disc golf: There is a disc golf course in the park.
Nature Program Nature Programs: This park offers nature programs. Please call the park directly for more information.


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 Kill Kare State Park.


Burton Island sunset
Burton Island sunset

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.

Sidney Burton built a hunting and fishing camp on the eastern point in 1902. Ida Lashway inherited the island and continued leasing to tenant farmers, selling it to Randall Dimon in the 1950’s. The Dimon’s summered in the cottage for many years after selling the island to the State of Vermont in 1962.

Burton Island State Park opened in 1964. Original plans to build a causeway were abandoned for the unique appeal of an island campground without cars. A marina was built to accommodate boats. Ferry service was implemented in the 1980’s. The marina is a lively stopover for people cruising the lake. The campground is popular with those who enjoy relaxing on a semi-remote island away from cars.

Early logistical problems posed by the lack of a nearby mainland access to Burton Island led to the acquisition of Kill Kare, a former boy's camp at the tip of St. Albans Point, in 1967. Kill Kare State Park provides support facilities for Burton Island, including parking lots, a boat ramp and the ferry dock and breakwater. Kill Kare is a day use park with a swimming beach, picnic area and group shelter. Renovated in 1982, the 1870’s-era railroad resort hotel on the grounds now includes staff housing and public restrooms. The first floor lobby includes historic photos of both parks.

Facilities/ Amenities/ Services

The park has:

  • 3 miles of shoreline
  • 14 campground tent sites
  • 26 lean-to sites
  • 4 remote tent sites
  • 3 cabins (click here to learn more)
  • 15 boat moorings
  • a 100-slip marina with WIFI, dockside electricity and a marine holding-tank pumpout facility
  • 3 restrooms with flush toilets, running water and coin-operated showers
  • hiking trails
  • a disc golf course
  • a nature center and museum
  • The Burton Island Bistro, a small store and cafe serving breakfast and lunch with cold salads and other to-go items. The store also sells camping goods, beer, wine and ice. The Bistro's hours are 8:30am to 4:00pm. Breakfast is available from 9:00am to 11:00am and lunch is from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.

Island Runner Ferry

Island Runner Ferry
The Burton Island Marina has 100 slips and dockside electric

The Island Runner is a passenger ferry that runs between Kill Kare State Park and Burton Island State Park. It carries people and bikes (no vehicles or boats) back and forth several times a day. If you don't have your own boat, this is the only way to get to Burton Island.

The ferry operates from 7 days a week from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend and Friday 12 noon - Monday 11:30 am in the month of September and is piloted by a licensed captain and friendly crew. The ferry ride between Kill Kare and Burton Island is about ten minutes.

If you just want to spend a few hours on Burton Island, a ferry ride makes for a fun day excursion. If you are camping on Burton Island and you don't have your own boat, this is the only way to get you and your gear over to the island. Once on Burton Island, you can either use the carts provided to get your gear to your site, or you can choose to pay for gear delivery.

Camping Reservations

Unlike other parks, reservations for Burton Island campsites open up eleven months in advance on the 15th of the month or the first business day thereafter. We do this so that we can devote all our energies to serving Burton customers on these busy days.

Park Interpreter

This park has a park interpreter offering fun, hands-on activities. Interpreters are park staff solely dedicated to helping you learn more about the natural and cultural history of the park. Some popular activities include night hikes, nature crafts and games, campfire programs and amphibian explorations.

Check out the of current events to see some of the programs planned during your visit.

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