Button Bay State Park RV & Campground Guide


Button Bay State Park is a 253-acre protected area in Vermont that runs along the shoreline of Lake Champlain. This beautiful landscape has been appreciated by notable visitors like Ben Franklin, Ethan Allen, and Samuel Champlain. Prior to the establishment of the state park in 1964, the area was a working farm. When you walk along the lake’s shore, you will spot button-shaped clay deposits that inspired the park’s name. Because the state park is adjacent to the Button Point Natural Area, recreational activities in both areas can be enjoyed during an RV or camping trip. Button Bay State Park is conveniently located near these cities and towns: • Vergennes, VT • Burlington, VT • Ferrisburgh, VT • Rutland, VT

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Spring 23–69 F
Summer 57–82 F
Fall 32–72 F
Winter 12–35 F
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RV Resorts & Campsites in Button Bay State Park

Button Bay Campground • Water hookup: No • Electrical hookup: No • Sewer hookup: No; dump station is available • Wi-Fi: No • Pet-friendly: Yes; pets must be leashed • Max RV length: 31 feet • Other amenities: Restrooms with coin-operated showers, flush toilets, picnic tables, fire rings

Campground & Cottage Hillcrest

Campers will love the gorgeous scenery at this location, and reservations start at $37.10 a night. Anyone who is traveling with a boat might be pleased to hear that the campground is only three miles by boat to the famous Lake Champlain.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: 30 and 50 amp

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: No

  • Pet-friendly: Yes, leash required

  • Other amenities: Showers, bathrooms, fire pit, picnic table, partially shaded, hiking trails, fishing

Barber Homestead Park

Just across the water from Button Bay State Park, Barber Homestead Park is only a boat ride away and is brimming with fun activities. Prices start at $34 per night for weekdays and $37 per night on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and there are new events every weekend for you and your family to enjoy.

  • Water hookup: No

  • Electrical hookup: 30 and 50 amp

  • Sewer hookup: Yes

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes, see pet policy

  • Other amenities: Free individual showers, modern restrooms, dump station, laundry facilities, fire ring, picnic table, partial shade, spring-fed municipal water, ice and RV supplies and firewood for sale, pool, pavilion, rec room, volleyball and badminton net, horseshoe station, fishing

Rivers Bend Campground

With almost a mile’s worth of waterfront by their campsites, most Rivers Bend campers can enjoy their own private fishing spot for only $49 a night.

  • Water hookup: Yes

  • Electrical hookup: 30 amp

  • Sewer hookup:

  • Wi-Fi: Yes

  • Pet-friendly: Yes, $5 pet fee

  • Other amenities: Coin-operated showers, restrooms, fire pit, picnic table, partial shade, pool, playground, horseshoe pits, corn hole sets, pavilion

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What to Do at
Button Bay State Park

While Button Bay State Park is relatively small, it is brimming with opportunities for outdoor recreation. Visitors can enjoy picnicking, camping, fishing, boating and swimming. Interpretive sessions led by park rangers are regularly scheduled, and a playground is available for the kids.

Inside Button Bay State Park

There is plenty of family-friendly fun to be had inside of Button Bay State Park. Bring your own boat and go fishing out on Lake Champlain or enjoy a picnic with your family in the arms of Mother Nature. Explore the park on your own and have fun walking the easy hiking trail or learn more about the area by watching one of the nature programs. Bring a canvas, paint, and an easel to capture the breathtaking landscape or just sit back, relax, and enjoy the view. 

Fishing Fishing

Fishing is permitted along the state park’s shoreline. You can also make use of the boat ramp to fish directly on the water from your boat. Lake Champlain is home to northern pike, yellow perch, white perch, brown bullhead, rock bass, sunfish, bluegill, smallmouth bass, and largemouth bass.

Geocaching Geocaching

Geocaching is permitted at Button Bay State Park. Use your preferred geocaching app to learn about the current caches on park grounds and their GPS coordinates.

Nature Watching Nature Watching

In Button Bay State Park, you may find many of the mammals, birds, amphibians, and reptiles that are found in other areas of the state. Some of the bird species include woodpeckers, owls, falcons, and wild turkeys. Other animals native to the area include black bears, foxes, turtles, muskrats, newts, opossums, frogs, toads, raccoons, and bobcats.

Stargazing Stargazing

Button Bay State Park’s landscape is defined by grassy open spaces, both in the campground and along the lake’s shore. With the landscape overlooking the lake and the park’s distance from major metropolitan areas, conditions are ideal for stargazing.

Hiking Hiking

Several short, level trails lead you through Button Bay State Park. Park rangers host guided night walks from time to time.


A boat launch is located on the southern end of the park, making it easy to enjoy time on the water during your visit to Button Bay State Park. You can also bring your kayak or canoe and launch it from any point along the shoreline.

Swimming Swimming

The park’s swimming pool is located just west of the campground, and lifeguards are on duty. The pool closes seasonally. You can also swim in the lake from convenient access points along the shoreline.


The 363-mile Lake Champlain Bikeway runs directly through Button Bay State Park, connecting Richelieu Lake to Lake Champlain. The path is paved in most areas, with smaller loops along the way for shorter trips to the water, making it well-suited for all cyclists to enjoy.

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How to Get to
Button Bay State Park

Button Bay State Park is tucked away in a relatively remote area in western Vermont. To reach the park from Burlington, take Highway 7 south to Vergennes. Turn right on Route 22A, and follow it into Vergennes. Turn right on Panton Road. In Panton, turn right on Jersey Street. Then, when Jersey Street forks, take Button Bay Road on the left. The park entrance will be down the road a few miles on the left. You can also reach Button Bay State Park from Rutland to the south. From Rutland, take Highway 7 to the turnoff for Route 22A in Vergennes. From there, you will turn right on Panton Road. When you reach Panton, turn right on Jersey Street. At the fork, follow Button Bay Road to the left. You will see the park’s entrance on the left.

Entering Button Bay State Park

In addition to the individual parking spaces at each campsite, there are parking lots near the boat launch, the trailhead, and the swimming pool. Button Bay State Park is open seasonally between Memorial Day and the second Monday in October.

Button Bay State Park Per adult (ages 14+) : $5.0

Button Bay State Park Per child (ages 4-13) : $2.0

Children under 3 enter free of charge

Frequently Asked Questions About Button Bay State Park

What is the best time of year to visit Button Bay State Park?

Button Bay State Park is only open between Memorial Day and early October. The pool closes several weeks earlier. Many visitors who intend to swim in the lake also go boating there, and they use the pool during the summer months.

What kind of wildlife can be found in Button Bay State Park?

Button Bay State Park is the native habitat for a variety of species, including birds like falcons, wild turkeys, woodpeckers, and owls. You may also find toads, frogs, bobcats, raccoons, opossums, rabbits, muskrats, turtles, bears, and foxes throughout this area of Vermont.

Are there designated RV camping spots in Button Bay State Park?

There are 66 camping spots in Button Bay State Park. Thirteen of these are lean-to shelters. The remaining 53 spots are suitable for both tents and RVs.

Do you have to reserve a camping spot at Button Bay State Park and what is the cost?

Reservations to camp at Button Bay State Park are not required. But because of limited space, they are recommended. The nightly rate is $20 to $28, and there is a nonrefundable $8 reservation fee.

Are pets allowed at Button Bay State Park?

Pets are permitted in most areas of the park, and they must be leashed at all times. Pets are not permitted in most of the cabins, the group shelter, or the pool area.