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Camping at Townshend Lake State Recreation Area

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Location and Accessibility

Townshend Lake State Recreation Area is situated in southern Vermont near the quaint village of Townshend. The area is typically accessible year-round, with varying activities depending on the season. To get there, you can use the address:

  • Townshend Lake Recreation Area,
  • 2755 State Forest Road,
  • Townshend, VT 05353.

The park can be reached by car, and it's important for visitors to check the routes and road conditions, especially during the winter months. Accessibility in terms of physical access may vary depending on the facilities and trails.

Facilities and Amenities

The recreation area usually offers the following facilities:

  • Picnic Areas: Equipped with tables and grills.
  • Restrooms: Usually vault toilets.
  • Parking: Designated parking areas are available.
  • Boat Launch: For non-motorized boats which can be used for fishing or paddling.

Visitors are typically responsible for bringing their own supplies, as amenities can be quite basic.

Camping Information

As of my last update, Townshend Lake State Recreation Area itself does not offer camping facilities directly. However, there are other state parks and campgrounds in the vicinity that provide camping opportunities. Campers should explore nearby camping options such as Townshend State Park or other local private campgrounds for their stay. It’s important to book in advance, especially during the peak season.

For those looking for a camping experience nearby, most campgrounds offer:

  • Tent Sites: For traditional camping.
  • RV Sites: With varying levels of hookups.
  • Group Sites: For larger parties.

Always check for the latest information on these campsites, as amenities and availability can change.


The area is well-known for its scenic beauty and offers a variety of recreational activities such as:

  • Hiking: Nature trails around the lake.
  • Fishing: The lake is stocked with various fish species.
  • Swimming: There are usually no lifeguards on duty, so swimming is at one's own risk.
  • Canoeing/Kayaking: Enjoy paddling in the calm waters of the lake.
  • Wildlife watching: The area is great for spotting local birds and other wildlife.

Rules and Regulations

To maintain the pristine nature of the area, there are some rules visitors should follow:

  • Littering: Carry in, carry out - leave no trace.
  • Fishing Regulations: Follow Vermont state fishing laws and have a valid fishing license.
  • Pets: Must be kept on a leash and under control.
  • Alcohol: Often regulated or prohibited in certain areas.
  • Fire Regulations: Follow any fire warnings and use designated fire areas.

Seasonal Information and Weather

Weather in Vermont can be unpredictable with cold winters and warm summers. Before heading out, visitors should check the local weather forecast and prepare accordingly. Some facilities may be seasonal and not available during winter months.

Reservations and Contact Information

For more detailed information, to confirm the current status of the park's facilities, or to inquire about making reservations nearby, you can contact the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which manages the area:

  • Phone: (802) 365-7703

It's always recommended to reach out to the appropriate authorities for the most up-to-date information before planning your visit.

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