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Sand Bar State Park

Documents

Sand Bar State Park Interactive Map (PDF)

Other Link Official Sand Bar State Park Website

Features

  1. Bathouse
  2. Beach
  3. Canoe and Kayak Rentals
  4. Concession Stand
  5. Fishing
  6. Grill
  7. Horseshoe Pit
  8. Parking
  9. Pavilion
  10. Picnic Areas
  11. Picnic Shelters
  12. Picnic Tables
  13. Playground
  14. Restrooms
  15. Swimming Area
  16. Volleyball
  17. Water

Overview

Sand Bar State Park takes its name from a natural sandbar between South Hero Island in Grand Isle County and the town of Milton on the Vermont mainland. The park is on the mainland, or eastern end, of that sandbar. The sandbar itself is the result of the Lamoille River, over tens of thousands of years, washing sediment downstream from the present Lamoille Valley. The river borne material sank to the bottom as the river emptied into the lake, eventually filling the lake to create the marshland south and east of the park, and the sandbar to the west. Natural lake depths here, without the sandbar, would be over 150 feet. As it is, water depth now along the top of the sandbar to South Hero is only a couple of feet. Because of the shallow water, the route along the sandbar served as a ford from the mainland to the islands well before construction of the first bridge in 1850.