Swimming Information

Swimming Overview

Nothing feels as good as a dip in clear, clean water on a hot summer day. Vermont State Parks have some great options, whether you want to swim in a lake, river or even a swimming pool. There are big lakes like Lake Champlain, Bomoseen and Lake Carmi, or smaller, quieter lakes like Silver Lake or Lake St. Catherine. There is a kid-friendly swimming pool with slide at Button Bay State Park and Salmon Hole on the West River is a great place to cool off at Jamaica State Park.

Most Vermont State Parks that are located on bodies of water have beaches, restroom facilities, canoe and kayak rentals and sometimes even concession stands. We perform weekly swim water testing. Lifeguards are available only at the Button Bay pool.

Swim Water Testing: We perform weekly water testing in all Vermont State Park swimming areas. You can view the latest results here.

Other Water Monitoring: For water monitoring results outside of Vermont State Park swimming areas, check out the Vermont Department of Health Cyanobacteria Tracker Map. You can view the latest results here.

Parks with Swimming


Park Type of Swimming Boat Rental Snack Bar Playground
Alburgh Dunes Sandy Beach
Burton Island Rocky Beach
Grand Isle Rocky Beach
Kill Kare Rocky Beach
Knight Island Remote Lakeside
Knight Point Rocky Beach
Lake Carmi Sandy Beach
Niquette Bay Sandy Beach
Sand Bar Sandy Beach
Woods Island Remote Lakeside


Park Type of Swimming Boat Rental Snack Bar Playground
Boulder Beach Sandy Beach
Brighton Sandy Beach
Crystal Lake Sandy Beach
Elmore Sandy Beach
Green River Reservoir Remote Lakeside
Kettle Pond Remote Lakeside
Little River Rocky Beach
Maidstone Sandy Beach
Ricker Pond Small Campers' Beach
Stillwater Sandy Beach
Waterbury Center Grassy/ Sandy Beach


Park Type of Swimming Boat Rental Snack Bar Playground
Bomoseen Grassy/ Sandy Beach
Branbury Grassy/ Sandy Beach
Button Bay Pool
Emerald Lake Grassy/ Sandy Beach
Half Moon Pond Small Campers' Beach
Kingsland Bay Grassy/ Dock
Lake Shaftsbury Grassy/ Sandy Beach
Lake St. Catherine Grassy/ Sandy Beach
Woodford Sandy Beach


Park Type of Swimming Boat Rental Snack Bar Playground
Camp Plymouth Grassy/ Sandy Beach
Jamaica River
Silver Lake Grassy/ Sandy/ Dock

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