Ausable Point State Campground

Bird-watchers at Ausable Marsh. Photograph by Robin Brown.

This campground protrudes from the mainland into Lake Champlain. The state park is open from mid-May until Columbus Day, offering a sandy beach on Lake Champlain, a public campground with 123 sites with a dumping station, a picnic and day-use area, a popular fishing area, a large natural wildlife management area that is popular for birding enthusiasts. This park offers the public with many outdoor recreation opportunities such as wind surfing, boating and canoeing, swimming, hiking and camping. The day-use facilities include a basketball court, large swimming beach and picnic area with pavilion rental. The park does not offer a formal boat launch, but does have a car top boat launch are along the access road to the park.

Kevin Kelley:

Just before paying to enter the park, you will notice a small parking area which is often utilized by fishermen. From here you can launch and proceed north to Valcour. While the island may appear close, it is in reality 2.5 miles to the south end of Valcour. As the wind normally comes from the south, the paddle out to the island is relatively easy. Of course you might have to paddle back against the wind.

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