Burton Island State Park on Lake Champlain

Burton Island State Park on Lake Champlain offers fishing opportunities and provides complimentary fishing equipment through the REEL FUN loaner program.

Lake Area:

490 square milesclick for enlarged map of Burton Island State Park

Lake Max. Depth:

400 feet

Fish Species

81 different fish species reside in Lake Champlain. Some of the more abundant species around Burton Island State Park include smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, common carp, freshwater drum, bowfin, walleye and panfish species such as perch, crappie, bluegill, rock bass and pumpkinseed. Other species such as lake trout; Atlantic landlocked salmon and walleye can also be found in the Inland Sea area around the park.

boat fishing at Burton

Habitat

The area around Burton Island State Park generally features shallow to mid-depth water consisting of rocky, sandy or muddy bottom, and a mix of fish-holding habitat including extending points, underwater rock piles, submerged vegetation and offshore reefs.

Park Fishing Tips

Try fishing for largemouth and smallmouth bass, pike, bowfin and panfish from shore around the perimeter of the park. Areas to target include around the boat docks and navigation channel on the north side of the island, and around the extending points of land on the south, east and west sides of the island. Small tube jigs, plastic worms, spinnerbaits and topwater plugs can all be productive at different times. You will need a boat to access deeper offshore habitat favored by trout and salmon.

Nearby Fishing License Dealers

You can buy a fishing license online or at the Bay Store in St. Albans.

Nearby Public Boating Access Areas

There is no on-site boat launch at Burton Island State Park, but there is a concrete boat ramp at Kamp Kill Kare State Park on Hathaway Point just across from Burton Island. Canoes and kayaks can be put in right from shore.

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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

1 National Life Drive
Fish & Wildlife LogoDavis 2
Montpelier, VT 05620-3702
802-828-1000
fwinformation@vermont.gov

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