Share:

Lake Shaftsbury State Park

Southern Green Mountains, Vermont

Start Exploring
Lake Shaftsbury State Park

Share:

Advertisement
  • Winter is a great time to hike the trail around the lake.- Lake Shaftsbury State Park
  • The winter boardwalk through the wetlands.- Lake Shaftsbury State Park
  • Spotted salamanders are common in the spring.- Lake Shaftsbury State Park
  • A view of Lake Shaftsbury and one of the trail bridges from the beach in autumn.- Lake Shaftsbury State Park
  • Early morning at the beach.- Lake Shaftsbury State Park
  • Fall reflections on Lake Shaftsbury.- Lake Shaftsbury State Park
  • The park roads are closed to vehicles after Labor Day, which means it's a great place to bring the kids and bikes.- Lake Shaftsbury State Park
  • Dogs are only allowed during the off season.- Lake Shaftsbury State Park
  • View of the wetlands from the trail.- Lake Shaftsbury State Park
  • Geese and other waterbirds are plentiful in March and April.- Lake Shaftsbury State Park
  • - Lake Shaftsbury State Park
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Great birdwatching in the spring. Quiet trail around the lake. Good fishing. Kayak and canoe rentals.
Cons: 
Can be busy on summer weekends. Shallow swimming area.
Advertisement
Region:
Southern Green Mountains, VT
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Parking Pass: 
State Park Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Current Local Weather:
Advertisement
Adventure Description

Adventure Description

Contributor

Lake Shaftsbury State Park is a small park in Southern Vermont. It is well-loved by locals as a picnic and swimming spot, especially for families with kids. There is no lifeguard on duty, but there is a roped-off swimming area, a sandy beach, and picnic tables with grills. Visitors can rent canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats for touring the lake. 

There is a nature trail around the perimeter of the lake, part of which travels through a lovely wetland that is full of birds in the morning hours. The trail then climbs a ridge on the western shore, offering great views of the lake and the swimming area. Lake Shaftsbury is stocked each spring with rainbow and brown trout, and anglers frequent the shores until about June. 

Birds that frequent the area include bald eagles, osprey, blue and green herons, mergansers, Canada geese, mallards, black ducks, and wood ducks, redwing blackbirds, and lots of warblers and other songbirds. 

The park is officially open between Memorial Day and Labor Day, but visitors are welcome to park outside the gate in the off season to hike the trail. Dogs aren't permitted when the park is officially open.

Updates, Tips + Comments

Updates, Tips + Comments

Field Guide

Field Guide

Download
Advertisement
Location + Directions

Location + Directions

Nearby Camping + Lodging

(3 within a 30 mile radius)

Nearby Adventures

(9 within a 30 mile radius)

Advertisement
Related Content

Related Content

Adventure Community

Adventure Community

Who Wants To Do It
5 Members
Who's Done It
Have you done this adventure? If so, be the first to check this adventure off your list.
Submission by
Contributor
30 Adventures Explored
27 Adventures Published

Newsletter Signup

Join the Outdoor Project Community

Get access to essential planning materials and information for your next adventure. Take a few seconds to join the community. It’s FREE!

Free Field Guides + Maps

Post Updates, Tips + Comments

Organize + Track Your Adventures

Insider Detailed Info, News + Benefits

Custom Driving Directions

Recommended Campsites, Photos + Reservation Info