5 Button Bay State Park Rd.
Ferrisburgh, VT 05491
Season: Friday of Memorial Day Weekend - 2nd Monday in October
Day Use Hours: 10am - official sunset
Camping Camping: 53 tent/RV sites, 13 lean-to sites
Cabin/cottage/lodge Cabins/ Cottages: 4 cabins available to rent
Pets Pets are permitted throughout the park except for the fenced-in pool area, shelter and most cabins. At this time, only the Sedge cabin is pet-friendly. Please clean up after your pets.

Park Updates & Alerts

  • 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.
  • Pool hours are 10 am to 5 pm, 7 days a week. Dependent on staffing, pool may be closed 1-1:30 pm for lifeguard lunch break.
From Vergennes:
Go 1/2 mi. S on Hwy. 22A, then 6-1/2 mi. NW on local roads.
Camping Camping: There are 53 tent/RV sites and 13 lean-to's. There are also 4 cabins available to rent.
Hiking Hiking: There is an easy hiking trail through the park.
Biking Biking: Button Bay State Park is on the Lake Champlain Bikeway, a 363-mile bike route around Lake Champlain and Richelieu River in Quebec. The primary route is mostly paved, and the entire system includes 992 miles of shorter themed loops. There is minimal traffic along most of them, and the section around Button Bay State Park is especially suited to family riding.
Swimming Swimming: Great swimming in Lake Champlain. There is also an outdoor swimming pool open to park visitors. The pool is closed in 2021 due to COVID-19.
Boating Boating: Boats are welcome at the park. There is a boat launch near the park.
Fishing Fishing: Lake Champlain has lots of great fishing.
Picnicking Picnicking: There are numerous picnic tables available to visitors. There is also a picnic pavilion that can be rented for group use.
Nature Program Nature Programs: This park offers nature programs. Please call the park directly for more information.


Button Bay, a 253-acre park, is located on a bluff in Ferrisburgh along the 130-mile long Lake Champlain. Historically, the area has been visited by such notables as Samuel De Champlain (1609), Ethan Allen (1776), Ben Franklin (1776), and Benedict Arnold (1777). Once operating as a farm, the area became a state park in 1964. The park is so named for the button-like concretions formed by clay deposits found along the shoreline.

Facilities / Amenities

Cabins at Button Bay State Park
The Sumac and Sedge cabins

The campground is a generally open and grassy area overlooking Lake Champlain and the Adirondack Mountains to the west.

The park has:

  • 53 tent/RV sites
  • 13 lean-to sites
  • 4 cabins
  • restrooms with flush toilets, hot and cold running water and coin-operated hot showers
  • picnic areas
  • a dump station
  • a swimming pool with lifeguards
  • a nature center and nature programs

The park also has a large, open pavilion available to rent. The pavilion seats up to 300 people and offers electricity, grills, picnic tables, and a nearby restroom.

Learn more about picnic pavilions

Visitors can also explore the Button Point Natural Area (a small, mature hardwood forest), hike the trail, or go fishing or sailing.

Park Interpreter

The Button Bay Nature Center
The Button Point Nature Center

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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