Button Bay State Park on Lake Champlain

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the free loaner fishing equipment at Vermont State Parks has been suspended for the 2020 camping season.

Button Bay State Park on Lake Champlain offers fishing opportunities. The park also loans out fishing gear through the REEL FUN program. 

Lake Area:

490 square miles

click for larger image of Button Bay State Park

Lake Max. Depth:

400 feet

Fish Species

81 different fish species reside in Lake Champlain. Some of the more abundant species around Button Bay State Park include smallmouth and largemouth bass, northern pike, landlocked Atlantic salmon, steelhead rainbow trout, brown trout, lake trout, common carp, freshwater drum, bowfin, walleye and panfish species such as perch, crappie, bluegill, rock bass and pumpkinseed.

rocky point off button bay


The area around Button Bay State Park features diverse habitat ranging from shallow bays and coves to bluff walls leading to water depths of several hundred feet. The bottom composition in this area also varies between hard bottom consisting of ledge, cobble and boulders, to softer substrates such as sand and mud. A mix of shallow vegetation, rocky points and reefs, and deep-water ledges combine to create great habitat for both warm and cold water species.

Park Fishing Tips

Try fishing for bass, pike and panfish at the main point of land near the southwest corner of the park that extends out into the lake – just across from Button Island. Small tube jigs, plastic worms, spinnerbaits and topwater plugs can all be productive at different times. Generallyspeaking, 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 at Basin Harbor Club or Otter Creek Bait Shop, or at the Panton and Vergennes town offices, or online.

Nearby Public Boating Access Areas

There is a gravel launch at the southeast corner of the park which is generally best for smaller boats, canoes and kayaks, though larger boats can be launched when water levels are higher. Fort Cassin Access Area on Otter Creek is another nearby option and can handle all types of boats.


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Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife
Commissioner Louis Porter

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Montpelier, VT 05620-3702

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