WOODS ISLAND STATE PARK
Woods Island became Vermont's forty-fifth state park in 1985. Measuring one mile long and a quarter-mile wide, 125-acre Woods Island provides a unique habitat for a rich variety of plant life, including many species that are rare or threatened in Vermont. A portion of the island was once farmed traces of drainage ditches remain today. Still visible also is the farm house foundation and weathered remains of old farm machinery. A later attempt by a private developer saw the beginnings of an airstrip constructed down the center of the island the earth berms you climb over on the cross-island trail are the runway edges. The State of Vermonts Department of Forest, Parks and Recreation seeks to preserve the primitive character of the island and asks your cooperation in observing its guidelines for island use.
There is no ferry service to the island and visitors must make their own arrangements. There are no docks visitors must either beach their boat or anchor off. The beach tends to be fairly rocky, except for a point along the east shore, from which the walk to campsites is between one-quarter and three-quarters of a mile. There are two water taxi options, with USCG-licensed captains, operating from Grand Isle County. The state does not necessarily endorse nor recommend either, and rates vary by group size and pickup location.
Woods Island is a remote area campground. Remote area campsites, while beautiful, are not for everybody. Sanitary facilities are minimal, and there is no potable water supply. Be prepared to carry in and carry out all items including trash. Each campsite has a fire ring and a nearby composting toilet. The islands five campsites are situated around the two-mile shoreline, and are connected by a trail system. This gives you great privacy, but it also means youre going to have to walk and carry your own gear from wherever you come ashore.
Camping is by reservation only on designated sites.