Vermont
7
www.stateparks.com
'Northern Lights' © stateparks.com
Aurora Borealis - Thursday March 8th
upload your photos

USA Parks
Vermont
Northern Region
Sand Bar State Park
SAND BAR STATE PARK
SAND BAR STATE PARK
1215 US Rt 2
Milton, Vermont   05468

Phone: 802-893-2825
Reservations: 888-409-7579
Sand Bar State Park takes its name from a natural sandbar between South Hero Island in Grand Isle County and the town of Milton on the Vermont mainland. The park is on the mainland, or eastern end, of that sandbar. The sandbar itself is the result of the Lamoille River, over tens of thousands of years, washing sediment downstream from the present Lamoille Valley. The river borne material sank to the bottom as the river emptied into the lake, eventually filling the lake to create the marshland south and east of the park, and the sandbar to the west. Natural lake depths here, without the sandbar, would be over 150 feet. As it is, water depth now along the top of the sandbar to South Hero is only a couple of feet. Because of the shallow water, the route along the sandbar served as a ford from the mainland to the islands well before construction of the first bridge in 1850. Crossing that first toll bridge, built of rock, gravel, and logs laid corduroy-fashion through the marsh and along the bar, must have been an adventure. Narrow and much lower than the present causeway, it was often flooded and always needed major repairs after damage caused by shifting ice each spring. Even crossing today's wider, higher causeway, completed in 1959, can be an adventure when snow blowing across the frozen lake blocks visibility, or spray and water from crashing waves washes across the highway during storms when the lake is high.


Get directions
to this park:

by Town and state
OR
by zip code

Nearby Parks


Visitor Comments, Memories and Reviews


Area Campgrounds

Lone Pine Campsites
52 Sunset View Road
Colchester, VT
802-878-5447


Malletts Bay Campgrounds
88 Mallets Bay Campground Road
Colchester, VT
802-863-6980


Area Fishing Related Businesses
Bob's Gun Shop
576 Ballard Rd # 1
Milton, VT
(802) 524-4906


Bob's Gun Shop
Ballard Rd
Saint Albans, VT
(802) 893-2124


Area Cabins and Lodges
Apple Tree Island Resort
71 Route 2
South Hero, VT
(802) 372-5398


Coventry Club & Resort
468 Beebe Hill Rd
Milton, VT
(802) 893-7773


Share Your
Sand Bar State Park
Photos
(click here)
Weather Forecast, (05486)

USA Parks
Vermont
Northern Region
Sand Bar State Park
© 2014 StateParks.com