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Lake Carmi State Park’s proximity to the Canada-United States border makes it a prime spot to visit. Adventurers can hit the lake, venture across the border to get a dose of Canada friendliness, and explore the charming Vermont towns, too. The closest town is Franklin, VT, which has a general store stocked with some food and basic supplies. It’s about three or four miles from the state park.
For more retail variety and medical care, however, you may need to venture down to Enosburg, VT, which is around seven miles to the southeast. Enosburg, among several things, is known as the birthday of the 21st president of the United States, Chester A. Arthur. Start planning the perfect RV camping trip today and book an RV in Franklin County, VT.
Lake Carmi formed around 10,000 years ago when a mile-high glacier scraped and gouged the land as it retreated north. The ice simultaneously melted, filling the shallow lake in. The land around Lake Carmi was purchased in the late 50s, and it was officially designated as Lake Carmi State Park in the 60s. The woods around Lake Carmi is a unique woodland-floodplains ecosystem. Lake Carmi was once significantly larger, but around 1,000 years ago, geologists speculate, a massive flood brought in an influx of silt that settled toward the southern end of the lake, creating a bog and shrinking the lake’s surface area.
Lake Carmi encompasses 1,375 acres and is currently the fourth-largest lake in Vermont. Ringed by low, green hills, the lake is calm and serene. Kayaking, canoeing, and fishing are popular activities. The park office operates a boat rental at which adventurers can borrow kayaks, canoes, rowboats, and stand-up paddle (SUP) boards. There is a boat launch that makes accessing the waterway easy. As a warm-water lake, anglers can expect to catch northern pike, walleye, and a few other species. Lake Carmi State Park also participates in Vermont’s “Reel Fun” program, which is a program to introduce people to the joys of fishing. Loaner rods, reels, and other accessories can be obtained at the park office, and the rangers often run demonstration events and classes.
For hikers and nature lovers, there are a few miles of hiking trails, some of which ventures into the bog area where they can frequently find pitcher plants, sedges, sphagnum mosses, and other bog plants. One trail connects to the neighboring state park, adding around 15 miles of hiking fun.
Are you itching for a longer trek? The Missisquoi Valley Rail Trail, which is laid over an old railroad corridor, stretches from Richford, VT, to St. Albans, VT. The trail meanders through farmlands, deep woods, wetlands, and wildlife habitats, where bears, moose, and beavers are frequently sighted. In wintertime, the trail is open to snowmobiles and cross-country skiing.
Skip enduring leaky tents and sleeping on the uncomfortable ground, and wake up in the comforts of a rental campervan. When you rent a travel trailer, you can get closer to nature. Listen to birdsongs in the wee hours of the morning and the croaks of bullfrogs in the evenings. On quiet evenings, watch for deer to emerge from the woods to sip the lakewater.
RV camp at Lake Carmi State Park to enjoy some wonderful camping. There are around 140 RV sites, many of which are waterfront. The restrooms have running water, flush toilets, and coin-operated hot showers. Though there are no electric or water hookups, there is a dump station should it be needed. Pets are permitted nearly everywhere except the swim beach.
Should space run out, which does happen occasionally in the peak summer, there are a few other options in the area. Mill Pond Campground is found on the northern end of Lake Carmi. They offer several amenities like electric hookups, free WiFi, a swimming pool, a dog park, and family-friendly planned activities.
Though Lake Carmi State Park is in a very rural, far northern part of Vermont, there’s plenty of attractions within an hour or less. Traveling from town to town on the rolling country roads is made painless by renting a motorhome. Across the United States-Canada border is Granby Zoo (Zoo de Granby) in Granby, QC. Over 1,500 wild animals have made Granby Zoo their home. A shortlist of animals includes giant pacific octopus, white rhinoceros, Amur tiger, and Andean condor.
The art and science of making maple syrup are alive and thriving in Swanton, VT. There are several maple orchards at which visitors are welcome to tour. In early springs, the staff often will demonstrate the process of tapping trees and boiling syrup. The Maple City Candy store is a favorite of many local and out-of-town visitors. The hybrid gift and candy shop feature many maple syrup products, candies, and an assortment of memorabilia for visitors to take home as souvenirs.
St. Albans, VT, is a charming historic town. In addition to a museum that details the local mining, logging, and maple production history, the town also hosts several festivals throughout the year. The Vermont Maple Festival, usually held in early April, is a popular one. Spectators and vendors from across the state flock to this event, eager to share their maple syrup wares, woodworking crafts, and other artisan goods.
Try genuine maple syrup drizzled over a freshly caught fish roasted over a campfire. Kick up your heels outside a rental RV and watch the stars appear in the clear, inky black night sky.
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