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Lake Shaftsbury State Park
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262 Lake Shaftsbury Road
Shaftsbury, Vermont   05262
(lat:43.0222 lon:-73.1835) map location

Phone: 802-375-9978
Lake Shaftsbury State Park is on an 84-acre parcel surrounding the small but picturesque Lake Shaftsbury. The area operated as a private campground/cabin resort before it became a state park in 1974. It has become a popular park facility in southwestern Vermont.

Facilities / Amenities
Lake Shaftsbury cottage
The cottage is available to rent and sleeps 6
Lake Shaftsbury operates a group camping area with clusters of lean-to's and port-a-let facilities. Group camping is available throughout the year for scouts, church groups, and other organizations.

In addition to the group camping area, there is a fully furnished waterfront cottage with a deck and grill that comfortably sleeps six people.

Other day use ammenities and attractions include
restrooms with flush toilets and hot and cold running water
a developed, sandy beach
picnic and play areas
a snack bar and concession area
boat rentals
a nature trail leading around the lake
Lake Shaftsbury pavilion
The pavilion has grills and picnic tables
The park also has a picnic pavilion that can be rented. The pavilion seats up to 100 people and has electricity, grills, picnic tables, and a nearby restroom.
1. Lake Shaftsbury State Park offers a designated swimming area on the lake.
2. Lifeguards are not always present, so swim at your own risk.
3. The park provides floating docks for swimmers to rest or sunbathe.
4. Swimming is allowed from sunrise to sunset within marked boundaries only.
5. There's also an option of renting paddle boats and canoes if you prefer water activities other than swimming.
6. The sandy beach makes it easy for children and families to enjoy shallow waters near shorelines safely.

Visitors can enjoy fishing in a serene, 84-acre lake. Species include largemouth bass, yellow perch and northern pike. There's also an accessible fishing platform for convenience. Ice-fishing is popular during winter months.

Lake Shaftsbury State Park offers picnic areas with grills, a sandy beach for relaxation and rental pavilions for larger gatherings.
Birdwatchers can spot species like the American Goldfinch, Black-capped Chickadee and Red-winged Blackbird. The park is home to various waterfowl including Mallards and Canada Geese. Raptors such as Ospreys or Bald Eagles might be seen overhead. Woodland birds include Ovenbirds, Hermit Thrushes, Yellow-rumped Warblers among others.

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