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Silver Lake State Park


Nestled adjacent to the glistening waters of the 84-acre Silver Lake is Silver Lake State Park. Fishing, boating, and picnicking await you on your RV escape to Vermont as you’ll be surrounded by beautiful woodlands and grassy knolls. Located near Barnard and Woodstock, you’ll be greeted by rolling hills and quaint farms. You’ll get a taste of authentic New England charm in a quiet, serene setting while you explore this 35-acre state park.

The park is built on the remnants of an 19th century farmstead and you can still see the foundation of one of the original barns on the grounds today. Silver Lake State Park was founded in 1955, when two pieces of beautiful New England land were donated to the state. When you visit the park in your camper, you’ll enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activity in a relaxing setting.

During the warmer months, you can swim in the majestic Silver Lake or fish for perch, pike, and bass. If you want to get out on the water you can bring your own motorboat or rent non-motorized boats like canoes and kayaks. The whole family can enjoy a fun-filled getaway with outdoor recreation such as horseshoes or volleyball. Although the park is closed during the winter months, you can still enjoy ice skating and ice fishing. No matter what brings you to Vermont, Silver Lake State Park is the perfect spot for an RV getaway where you can enjoy the serenity and solitude of nature.

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Silver Lake State Park is easy to access by RV or car. If you are coming from the west you’ll take I-89 to VT 107. If you’re getting to the park from the east, you’ll go on VT 107 West to VT 12. There are several local roads that will take you all around the park including the park office, swimming area, and campground. There are no driving restrictions for RVs or trailers in the park.


There is one main, large parking lot in the park, located right next to Silver Lake. From this parking, lot you can easily access the swimming area, outdoor recreation area, nature center, and campgrounds. Parking for RVs and trailers is available. You can also park your RV or trailer at the campground if you are staying overnight.

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Campgrounds and parking in Silver Lake State Park

Campsites in Silver Lake State Park

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Silver Lake State Park Campground

The Silver Lake State Park Campground feature 39 campsites that are open to tents and RVs and seven lean-to sites. The length requirements for RV and trailer sites vary, but range up to over 30 feet for trailers and 34 feet for RVs. You’ll have easy access to restrooms and coin-operated hot showers. You choose a shady or open site, but every spot is within walking distance to the sandy shore of the beautiful Silver Lake. While no hook ups are available, there is an RV sanitation station on-site. You’ll also be close to a snack bar, changing rooms, and boat rentals. A picnic pavilion is located nearby as well. Reservations can be made from 1 day to 11 months in advance. The campground and the park are closed during the winter.

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Silver Lake State Park Campground

While reservations are recommended, walk-in access is permitted if space is available. Even during the summer months, there may be a few RV sites available, especially during the middle of the week. You may be able to stay at one of the 39 campsites that are open to RVs and tents or one of the seven lean-to sites. The length accommodations for RVs ranges to over 34 feet and over 30 feet for trailers. You’ll be within walking distance to all the fun at Silver Lake, as well as restrooms, and showers. Reservations can be made from 1 day to 11 months in advance. The campground and the park are closed during the winter.

Alternate camping

Private Campgrounds

If you’d prefer to stay off-site, you can stay at a private campground or RV park nearby, such as near Bethel in the north, or Hartford to the south. This is a great option if you are looking for modern amenities like full hookups, wireless internet, or cable TV. You can choose between a private campground that offers a rustic experience or a private RV resort that provides a more luxurious atmosphere.

Seasonal activities in Silver Lake State Park



Silver Lake is a prime spot to go swimming during your RV escape to Vermont. You can sun tan on the sandy shores of the lake, while the kids splash in the water. You’ll be swimming in a serene setting, surrounded by majestic forest and grassy knolls. Changing rooms, a snack bar, and restrooms are located nearby.


The lake at Silver Lake State Park is a quiet, serene setting to go boating during your motorhome trip to the Northeast. You are welcome to bring your motorized boat and cruise around the 84 acres of Silver Lake. Whether you want to cruise on the water in your speed boat or on a jet ski, you’ll have loads of fun on the open waters of Silver Lake.


Non-motorized boating is a popular way to spend the day at Silver Lake State Park. Whether you want to bring your own or rent a non-motorized boat you can go along the enchanting waters of this 84-acre lake on a kayak, canoe, pedal boat, or row boat. You can also rent stand-up paddle boards if you’re up for an adventure.


Silver Lake provides one of the best opportunities for fishing in the entire state. Make sure you pack your bait and tackle in your trailer since you’ll have the chance to catch largemouth bass, perch, and pike, and bullhead. Silver Lake State Park participates in the Reel Fun program, where you can rent fishing gear such as rods, lines, and reels.

Nature Programs

During the summer months, Silver Lake State Park hosts almost daily nature programs. You can enjoy all sorts of ranger-led activities during your RV stay in Vermont including nature talks and guided walks. This is a great way to learn about the natural history and heritage of the park in a way the whole family can enjoy.



The spring and fall is a perfect time of year to take a relaxing picnic during your motorhome stay at Silver Lake State Park, when it is less crowded. There are numerous picnic tables dotted around the park. Some offer breathtaking views of the 84-acre Silver Lake. You can grill up your meal and enjoy some delicious grub while relaxing in the serenity of the great outdoors.

Ice Skating

Although the park is closed during the winter months, you can still access Silver Lake and enjoy a fun-filled day of ice skating. If you pack your ice skates in your trailer, if the waters are frozen you can cruise on top of the 84-acres of Silver Lake. This is a thrilling adventure the whole family can enjoy during your camper stay in Vermont.

Ice Fishing

If you’re up for a challenge, you can go ice fishing on the frozen waters of Silver Lake during your motorhome escape to Vermont. Although Silver Lake State Park is closed during the winter, you can still access the lake and enjoy the chance to catch, bass, perch, and pike. Make sure you bundle up and bring your fishing gear for an exciting day of ice fishing.

Outdoor Recreation

On warmer days in the off-season you can still enjoy the outdoor recreational areas for a thrilling day of play and sports. Silver Lake State Park features a horseshoe pit and volleyball court for your enjoyment. The kids will love a chance to visit the playground, practice catch, or throw a frisbee.


The off-season is a great chance to park your RV and find the best spot for nature photography, as the park is less crowded. Whether you want to capture an idyllic shot of the glistening waters of Silver Lake or take artistic photos of the foundation of a historic barn, there are loads of opportunities to take beautiful photography at Silver Lake State Park.