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Burton Island State Park is on a very small island in Lake Champlain in Vermont. It is just off the shoreline near St. Albans Bay and is only accessible by a 10-minute boat or ferry ride. The island has several primitive campsites as well as a few cabins but does not support RV camping. The park is a very popular access point for boaters wanting to explore greater Lake Champlain, and there is a marina within the park with 100 slips and dockside electricity. If you have your own boat, you can use it to access the park instead of riding the ferry.

There are a nature center and a museum on-site, as well as a park interpreter who offers hands-on activities. The park also has a small store and cafe, where you can enjoy a meal and pick up snacks and supplies for your St. Albans Bay camping trip. The nearest town to the campground is St. Albans, which is northeast of the park on the other side of the bay. The park's ferry port is a 45-minute drive from Burlington, the largest city in Vermont, and a 90-minute drive from Montreal, Quebec.

The Great Outdoors

Burton Island State Park features three miles of shoreline and several hiking trails where you can explore the rocky coast. All of the trails on the island are relatively easy and appropriate for beginners. The trail network takes you along the shoreline as well as through the island's woods. The Southern Tip Trail is the longest trail and provides a stunning view of Lake Champlain. If you want to explore the area even further, there is also an extensive hiking network on the mainland in St. Albans.

One of the most popular activities when camping in an RV near Burton Island State Park is boating. If you have a motorized boat, there is a marina with slips for rent, and you can easily head out to access Lake Champlain and even enjoy activities like water skiing or windsurfing. On the island, you can rent canoes and kayaks, or try stand-up paddleboarding. If you'd prefer to swim during the warmer months, there are access points throughout the park where you can get onto the lake.

Lake Champlain is also a very popular destination for fishing. You can fish from the shores of the island or head out on a boat for more flexibility while fishing. If you don't have your own fishing gear, the park offers loaner kits with fishing gear. There is an excellent array of fish species present in Lake Champlain, including many different types of trout, perch, pike, salmon, walleye, and bass.

Camping near Burton Island State Park

Since the park is only accessible by ferry, RV camping at Burton Island State Park is not possible. However, you can park your RV on the shore and enjoy the many tent campsites there. There are also three cabins available for rent on the island. Campsites at Burton Island State Park have access to free WiFi, and drinking water is available near the marina. There are free lawn games, which is a great way to stay entertained during your camping trip. The Burton Island Bistro and Store is on-site, so you can purchase firewood, snacks, and beverages, and you can also enjoy a sit-down meal.

If you'd prefer to camp in your RV rental and just enjoy the state park during the day, there are RV campgrounds nearby onshore. The Champlain Valley Campground is the closest, located between St. Albans and Swanton on the shores of Maquam Bay. The campground has sites with water, electric, and sewer hookups, as well as a boat launch and a playground.

Exploring The Area

When you book an RV rental near Burton Island State Park, the nearest town is St. Albans. Before heading out to the island, you'll want to stop at one of the grocery stores in downtown St. Albans to make sure you have everything you need. There is also a gas station if you need to fuel up while exploring the area. The downtown area is full of charming historic buildings, and there are several fine restaurants and even a brewery if you're looking to go out and enjoy a nice meal. There's a large park where the town hosts many fun events in the warmer months, such as the Vermont Maple Festival. In the fall, the area is a popular destination for leaf-peeping.

One of the easiest day trips while motorhome camping in the area is Burlington. It's only 45 minutes' drive away and has plenty to explore. Burlington is home to beautiful waterfront parks and beaches where you can really take in stunning views of the lake. The ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain is a popular science and nature museum that both kids and adults will enjoy. The Shelburne Museum is another must-see in the area. It's a short drive south of town but features a huge collection of art and historical artifacts from different periods. History lovers will also enjoy the Ethan Allen Homestead Museum, which takes you inside the area's development. At night, adults might appreciate a tour of one of the area's many excellent breweries.

RV Rentals in Burton Island State Park, VT

Burton Island State Park, VT is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.

There are many popular rentals in Burton Island State Park. Outdoorsy's Burton Island State Park RV rental marketplace allows renters to choose from rental options from professional RV rental agencies as well as RVs for rent by owner.

Frequently Asked Questions


What are RV rentals?

Renting an RV lets you enjoy the flexibility of RV travel without all the costs and maintenance of ownership. With a rental, you can book the perfect rig for any trip just like you would a car or hotel. With Outdoorsy, you rent directly from the RV owner but get the backing of programs like roadside assistance, insurance, and stellar support from real, live people 24/7.

How much are average RV rentals?

On average, you can expect to pay between $75 and $150 per night to rent most small trailers and campervans. Larger trailers and motorhomes could cost $100 to $250 per night. Renting an RV for a longer time can be even more affordable–a week or month-long rental could average out to less than $60 per day.

Are there RV rentals with unlimited mileage?

Yes! Each RV owner can choose whether to offer unlimited miles on their vehicles. You’ll be able to see if unlimited mileage is an option on any listing you check out. If unlimited miles are not available, you’ll be able to see what is included with the base rate and what extra miles will cost.

Are RV rentals pet-friendly?

Many RV owners allow pets in their rentals. Be sure to check the listing to see if it’s an option for the rig you have your eye on. You’ll be able to see if there is an extra deposit or fee for pets before you request a booking.

Do RV rentals offer delivery?

Having an RV delivered to your home or destination is a great way to simplify your trip. Many RV owners offer delivery and setup services, usually for an extra fee or within a certain distance of their location. Each listing shows whether or not delivery is an option.

Are there RV rentals near me?

RV rentals are available all over the country! Whether you want to pick up an RV near home to set out an epic road trip or if you want to have one ready at your destination, you can search by location for any type of rig.

RV rental vs buying?

Renting an RV is an affordable way to get all the benefits of RV travel without the maintenance and overhead of ownership. It’s also a great way to try out the lifestyle and different types of rigs before you take the plunge and buy your own. Already own an RV? Consider renting yours out to bring in some extra income.

How many people can sleep in an RV?

Small travel trailers and campervans can usually sleep 2-4 people comfortably. Mid-size trailers and motorhomes usually sleep 4-8. Bigger rigs often sleep 6-10, some even 12!

Why choose Outdoorsy vs Craigslist or Airbnb?

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Lake Champlain

Biking on the Causeway is very cool! Get camp outside of the city and bike in for lunch from more remote areas like Hero or Isles.

Aug 27, 2018