Vermont State Parks begin closing for the season on Labor Day. Here’s the full schedule.

An autumn view from Niquette Bay State Park in Colchester on Oct. 19, 2019.

Labor Day weekend marks the beginning of the end of the season for Vermont State Parks — and 2020 is no different.

After Monday, 13 sites will cease operations for the year with others to follow in the next two months.

Once a park has closed, access will be limited depending on the site and no admission fees will be collected. Staff, restrooms and drinking water will be unavailable until reopening.  Parks will be available for day use — hiking, cross-country-skiing, ice fishing, skating, sledding and other activities — during the off-season.

However, unlike past years, off-season camping is prohibited by Gov. Phil Scott’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order signed on March 25 to deal with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

This year’s state park closing dates are as follows: 

Parks closing Sept. 7

Alburgh Dunes State Park

As has been the case in years past, a number of state parks will wrap up their season on Labor Day. This year they include: 

  • Alburgh Dunes
  • Allis (Randolph)
  • Big Deer (Groton)
  • Bomoseen (Castleton)
  • Boulder Beach (Groton)
  • Camp Plymouth (Ludlow)
  • Crystal Lake (Barton)
  • D.A.R. (Addison)
  • Lake St. Catherine (Poultney)
  • Maidstone (Guildhall)
  • Sand Bar (Milton)
  • Silver Lake (Barnard)
  • Townshend

Parks closing later in September

Stillwater, located in Groton, closes Sept. 13.

Burton Island, located in St. Albans, closes for the season on Sept. 19. Kamp Kill Kare, also in St. Albans, and Kingsland Bay, in Ferrisburgh, will close a day later.

Parks closing Oct. 12

A camp site at Smugglers' Notch State Park, photographed June 9, 2018.

Most of the state’s 55 state parks will shutter for the year on Indigenous Peoples’ Day:

  • Branbury (Brandon)
  • Brighton (Island Pond)
  • Button Bay (Ferrisburgh)
  • Coolidge (Plymouth)
  • Elmore
  • Emerald Lake (Dorset)
  • Fort Dummer (Brattleboro)
  • Green River (Hyde Park)
  • Half Moon Pond (Hubbardton)
  • Jamaica 
  • Kettle Pond (Groton)
  • Lake Carmi (Enosburg Falls)
  • Lake Shaftsbury 
  • Molly Stark (Wilmington)
  • New Discovery (Marshfield)
  • Ricker Pond (Groton)
  • Smugglers’ Notch (Stowe)
  • Underhill 
  • Waterbury Center
  • Wilgus (Weathersfield)
  • Woodford
  • Woods Island (St. Albans)

Parks closing later in October

State Parks Director Craig Whipple walks along one of the artificially widened trails by human use along Mount Philo seen July 25, 2019.

Seven parks will close on Oct. 18: 

  • Gifford Woods (Killington)
  • Grand Isle 
  • Lowell Lake (Londonderry)
  • Mount Ascutney (Windsor)
  • Mount Philo (Charlotte)
  • Niquette Bay (Colchester)
  • Quechee

Little River, located in Waterbury, will be the last closure of 2020 on Oct. 25.

Contact Austin Danforth at 651-4851 or edanforth@freepressmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @eadanforth.

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