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Grand Isle State Park Campground

About

State Park

Welcome to Grand Isle State Park, located on South Hero Island in Lake Champlain. The Island, also known as Grand Isle, is 14 miles long and over 3 miles wide, making it the largest in Lake Champlain. It contains the towns of Grand Isle (on the northern half) and South Hero (on the southern half). The North and South Hero Islands are named in honor of early pioneering Vermonters who served in the American Revolution.

Grand Isle State Park is the most-visited campground in the state park system. With 4,150 feet of Lake Champlain shoreline, Grand Isle is popular with many destination campers who spend their entire vacation here. At the same time, the park location on US Route 2 attracts a high number of one-night campers, while proximity to population centers in Burlington, Vermont and Montreal, Quebec make it an easy destination for the weekend or spur-of-the-moment camper. Park property extends all the way west to Route 2, where part of the land is being kept open by agricultural lease, and some of what was pasture thirty years ago has reverted to woodland.

Reservation Info

There are 115 tent/RV sites, 36 lean-to sites, and 4 cabin sites, making the campground Vermont's second-largest. Restrooms have running water and coin-operated hot showers. There is an RV sanitary station but there are no hookups. Fifty percent of the sites are large enough to accommodate self-contained RVs.

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Location

Grand Isle State Park Campground is located in Vermont

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Directions

From the South: Take I-89 to Exit 17; Travel west on US Route 2 through the towns of South Hero and Keeler Bay. Continue straight through the flashing light at the junction of US Route 2 and VT Route 314. The park entrance road is exactly 2 miles past the light on the right side of the road; Follow road to park entrance, approximately 1 mile. From the North: Travel East on US Route 2 through the Champlain Islands. Drive through the towns of Alburgh, North Hero and Grand Isle. The park entrance is approximately 2.5 miles on the left after the flashing light, just past the Grand Isle Elementary School.

Address

36 East Shore South
Grand Isle, VT 05458

Coordinates

44.68800023 N
73.295 W

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Access

  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Walk-In
    Park in a lot, walk to your site.
  • Hike-In
    Backcountry sites.
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

Stay Connected

  • WiFi
    Fair
  • Verizon
    Good
  • AT&T
    Unknown
  • T-Mobile
    Fair

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)
  • Group
  • Cabins

Features

For Campers

  • Market
  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • WiFi
  • Showers
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Sanitary Dump
  • Water Hookups
  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly

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27 Reviews

D
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2023

A truly great State Campground

State Park camping isn't for everyone. If you enjoy nature, want to be able to fish, swim, and hike without leaving the campground;and don't mind being without basic utilities of electric and water on site then this is the campground for you.

Located in middle of Lake Champlain. Grand Isle was one of the most enjoyable campgrounds we've been to. Their in park Naturist, Julia was an absolute delight. She did guided hikes, crafts, and other family friendly activities.

The cleanliness of the facilities was excellent. State Park camping is economical and relaxing. We were pleasantly surprised with all the activities that were offered. Usually it's only the private campgrounds that offer those type of extras.

Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Dan J., July 9, 2023
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Dan J., July 9, 2023
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Dan J., July 9, 2023
A
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2022

Wonderful time

It was beautiful on the island, we rode the bike causeway and took the bike ferry. Our site was large and sunny but most sites that we saw are in the shade. Waterfront sites mostly have lean-to or cabin so we were not able to get a site for our pop up on the water. Gravel roads make for some noise but it wasn’t bad at all. Kayaking is wonderful and there was a boat launch right near our site.

Site123
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Amie C., July 12, 2022
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Amie C., July 12, 2022
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Amie C., July 12, 2022
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J
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2021

Vermont

Amazing

Month of VisitJune
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Jake S., October 14, 2021
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Jake S., October 14, 2021
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Michelle J.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2021

South Hero

Amazing park on Lake Champlain Boat launch , kayaking , beach for swimming Have cabins, leantos, and 112 sites Super updated-clean showers/bathrooms Some premium sites for more privacy (highlighted on web map)

Site86
Month of VisitOctober
A
Reviewed Aug. 27, 2021

Week in Grand Isle State Park

This is one of the most beautiful and peaceful park I have stayed in. The facilities were clean and the shower was nice and hot. The staff are helpful and friendly. Since the park is on a island in Lake Champlain in Vermont there is water all around. Good places to walk and ride.

Site84
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Ani G., August 27, 2021
Rebecca D.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2021

Very friendly rangers and very clean

We enjoyed ourselves at this campground very much. The sites are spacious although in the area where we stayed the vegetation was pretty sparse between sites. The bathrooms are clean and have showers. We were able to let our dogs swim at the boat ramp which was a definite plus. We also caught some fish from the shore here. The rangers were super friendly and we picked up a new VT State Park hat from them during our visit. We would definitely visit again. There are other parks to visit nearby and the farmers market is a must.

SiteToo5
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Rebecca D., August 12, 2021
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Rebecca D., August 12, 2021
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Rebecca D., August 12, 2021
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Cedar O.
Reviewed Aug. 5, 2021

Just Marvelous

Stayed in Balsam leanto. Really shady and the campsites are private enough. They do really enforce those quiet hours. Also the WiFi only really works near the office and is very spotty so I wouldn’t rely on it.

SiteBasalm
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Cedar O., August 5, 2021
Tucker B.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2021

Great Spot for Week or Working and Exploring in Burlington and Grand Isle

Love this state park and it was super quiet during the week. Rained quite a bit, but took advantage of the libraries in North Hero and Worthen on those days.

Also has a boat launch and beach area for swimming or nice sunset views.

Showers are coin-operated, but $0.50 will get you 5 minutes of hot water!

Staff was also super friendly and they sell ice and firewood right on the property!

Site12, 36, and 6
Month of VisitAugust
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  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Tucker B., July 30, 2021
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Don R.
Reviewed Jul. 20, 2021

If only they could stop the rain!

We enjoyed everything about Grand Isle and only wish it hadn't rained. Every. Day!

Oh well, our grassy site (#80) was a fine refuge for three nights in a tent. It was level, free of roots and stones and far enough/close enough to the bathroom. 

Bring quarters for the showers (and pay it forward).

Bring your bike - lots of safe, local (flat) roads both on and off the campsite. Make sure you explore all the islands. (There are two nearby breweries.)

There's a so-called beach on Lake Champlain, but you probably wouldn't spend much time there. I like that they have a Dog Beach.

There are lots of signs warning against late-night noise. But the only thing I heard was a couple coyotes (I think).

Site80
Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Don R., July 20, 2021
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Don R., July 20, 2021
Tara N.
Reviewed Jun. 12, 2021

Super small sites

We arrived to find that the sites we had rented were covered in trees so our solar would not work. The campground host tried to work with us to help us find another site which we thought was super nice. However as we drove around the campground many of the trees were covering the road and scratched our 5th wheel as we drove by. It was early in the season and they weren’t quite ready for visitors. Eventually we decided not to stay. This campground is really for smaller campers.

Sitenone
Month of VisitJune
Ashley J.
Reviewed Oct. 14, 2020

Private scenic campground

We had a lean-to site that was just far enough from the bathroom that it felt far. I found the site to be well maintained and for the rangers to be kind and help. Great place to visit on the island.

M.A.D. P.
Reviewed Oct. 1, 2020

State Park

Lake front leento's have amazing view of mountains and sunrises. Plenty of tent, rv sites as well as secluded leanto's. Plenty of recreational opportunities

  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by M.A.D. P., October 1, 2020
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by M.A.D. P., October 1, 2020
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by M.A.D. P., October 1, 2020
Rebecca A.
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2019

Amazing views of lake Champlain!

We stayed at a leanto, which have the better views of the lake! These sites are the same price, so it is worth it. The campground has a trail to the shore line, which is nice! There are showers and full bathrooms as well.

  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Rebecca A., September 19, 2019
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Rebecca A., September 19, 2019
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Erik-Catherine B.
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2019

Great campground

Amazing views and great hospitality

  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Erik-Catherine B., July 31, 2019
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Erik-Catherine B., July 31, 2019
Michael P.
Reviewed Jun. 1, 2019

A great getaway.

Here is a wonderful State Park with all the amenities. Located about as far north as you can go on the East coast located on lake Champlain you won't be disappointed camping here

Hollie G.
Reviewed May. 14, 2019

Excellent!

Great place. We have been coming here for over 20 years. Right on Lake Champlain. The only downside is the beach is rocky, so bring water shoes! Dog friendly, and you have the choice between wooded areas and grassy. Close to great road biking and hiking.

  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Hollie G., May 14, 2019
E
Reviewed Oct. 11, 2018

Gorgeous!

Right on Lake Champlain with clean, beautiful sites. Lots of awesome lake activities.

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Emma B., October 11, 2018
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Emma B., October 11, 2018
John L.
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2018

Lakeside bike ride good times!

We biked to this park from Burlington via the Island Line Trail. It was a super trip. The lakeside lean-to was awesome.

Month of VisitJuly
D
Reviewed Aug. 20, 2018

beautiful scenery

The campsites were mostly private and were a good size. The park was pretty empty during the week but got more populated on the weekend. They rent kayaks and canoes.

Mackenzie B.
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2018

repeat visitors

we camped here and loved it so much we convinced our family to camp here the following summer! we will absolutely be back again! we love it’s location! it’s secluded, gorgeous, close to great biking, and close to burlington! we definitely recommend it!

  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Mackenzie B., August 4, 2018
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Mackenzie B., August 4, 2018
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M
Reviewed Jul. 16, 2018

Nice clean campground

Pros:

beautiful private big woodsy leanto site.

Very nice people

clean bathrooms

cons:

Very rocky beach with little to no sand to play in

a bit of a walk to the water

overall we considered coming back because it was a great stay. Very peaceful and laid back but without a beach for the kids to play when it got hot it was enough for us to look elsewhere.

Month of VisitAugust
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Melissa L., July 16, 2018
Rachel N.
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2017

Great campground in the lake

My first night there the staff was able to accomadate my request to stay one night on the lake front and the next day I had to move to another site farther back. The campground felt very safe and everyone was very friendly to me and my dog. They had a playground with lots of children running around too.

SiteHemlock and 41
Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Rachel N., October 18, 2017
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Rachel N., October 18, 2017
Season D.
Reviewed Sep. 22, 2017

Fun, Comfortable & Accessible

We had a great time here on a school field trip. The beach is nice even though rocky, the lean to sites are a great way to help keep things dry, and there were great accessible all-gender bathrooms.

SiteButternut
Month of VisitOctober
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Season D., September 22, 2017
Sarah C.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2017

Great camping and biking!

Beautifully set on Lake Champlain in Vermont! This is a relatively large campground but is well laid out and doesn't feel small even when it's packed to the gills. We spent a long weekend here to enjoy some mid-summer bike riding along the many bike-paths Vermont has to offer.

The facilities are well maintained and clean. There are several camp hosts on the property and they are attentive to the needs of all the guests coming and going. There is a small welcome kiosk with a few picnic tables behind it where you can get wifi access if needed.

You can bike directly from here all the way to Burlington,without ever getting back in your car! Take the bike ferry across a small section of Lake Champlain and keep on riding.

While we were here there was even a little band playing some music one evening! We actually stayed in an ADA site (it was the only one left). It was REALLY nice. Gravel drive all the way in to a nicely built 3 walled platform with a roof. We were able to set up a tarp just off the edge to cover the picnic table as it rained for part of our stay. The site drained well and was plenty big enough for our tent and needs.

SiteSumac
Month of VisitJuly
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Sarah C., July 2, 2017
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Sarah C., July 2, 2017
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Patricia E.
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2016

Grand Isle State Park, VT

This was our second visit, but first time in one of their prime lean-tos. Unforgettable views, clean and spacious facility, minutes to Burlington, VT. There is lake access for kayaking, sailing, swimming and fishing. Brush up on your French so you can converse with the many Canadian visitors while you charge your phone at the designated wi-fi/charging are surrounded by flowers.

  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Patricia E., August 31, 2016
  • Review photo of Grand Isle State Park Campground by Patricia E., August 31, 2016
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Patricia E.
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2016

Grand Isle State Park Campground

We spent 4 nights in a "prime" lean-to at this location on the Vermont side of Lake Champlain. This was our second time at this location, but first experience in their lean-tos, and the views, staff and cleanliness of this place did not disappoint. Kayaking, sailing and fishing abound at this sprawling facility. Just a quick ride to Burlington, VT, if the quiet is too much for you. Brush up on your French if you're so inclined; you will meet many of our Canadian neighbors here.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does it cost to camp at Grand Isle State Park Campground?

Camping at Grand Isle State Park Campground can cost between $6.00 and $28.00 depending on the site.

Does Grand Isle State Park Campground have RV hookups?

According to TheDyrt.com, Grand Isle State Park Campground has water hookups.

What is the max vehicle length at Grand Isle State Park Campground?

Grand Isle State Park Campground allows vehicles up to 40 feet.

Are fires allowed at Grand Isle State Park Campground?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, fires are allowed at Grand Isle State Park Campground, although make sure to check current fire restrictions in the area.

Does Grand Isle State Park Campground have wifi?

Yes, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, Grand Isle State Park Campground does have wifi.

Is there cell phone reception at Grand Isle State Park Campground?

According to campers on TheDyrt.com, Verizon signal is good, AT&T is unknown, and T-Mobile is fair.