Townshend Lake is nestled in the Green Mountains of Vermont. Families from near and far come to enjoy the outdoor recreational opportunities the lake has to offer. Natural Features: The recreation area sits in the West River Valley behind the Townshend Dam. The picnic area offers many large trees for shade along with other sun-basked open areas. Recreation: Townshend Lake offers a boat ramp for boating, canoeing, kayaking, fishing and a sandy swimming beach. Other visitors come to use the group shelters or picnic area while the children enjoy the playgrounds or a hike on one of the trails. Facilities: There are three large picnic shelters with electricity, picnic tables and grills available for use in the recreation area. There are also flush toilets, drinking water, playgrounds, volleyball courts, horse shoe pits and hiking trails available throughout the park.
We have camped in the area quite a few times and find the area very nice. This is NOT a campground but there are 3 just down river for you to choose from. This day use area is clean with activities for kids including a play area and clean bathrooms. There are quite a few picnic tables and a shelter and lots of hiking options. The drawback to this place is swimming in the West River because the Townshend Dam restricts the flow and the "swimming" area is often in bad shape. The silk collected makes swimming less desirable. At times that river gets really shallow and kayaking isn't a lot of fun. There are projects planned and the silt has been dredged but it comes back again the next year. So for day use, I would recommend it and exploring the river bank is great fun for kids of all ages too.
We've gone with picnic lunches and spent the day hiking and relaxing. I great place to spend the day.