Northern Vermont Places

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Lake Champlain Islands

Sports and the Outdoors

Apple Island Resort. Apple Island Resort rents pontoon boats, rowboats, canoes, kayaks, and motorboats. 71 US Rte. 2, South Hero, VT, 05486. 802/372–3922. appleislandresort.com.

Hero's Welcome. This shop rents bikes, canoes, kayaks, and paddleboats. In winter, there are skates, cross-country skis, and snowshoes. 3643 U.S. 2, North Hero, VT, 05474. 802/372–4161 or 800/372–4376. heroswelcome.com.

Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge. On the mainland east of the Alburg Peninsula, the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge consists of 6,729 acres of federally protected wetlands, meadows, and woods. It's a beautiful area for bird-watching, canoeing, or walking nature trails. 29 Tabor Rd., 36 miles north of Burlington, Swanton, VT, 05488. 802/868–4781. www.fws.gov/refuge/missisquoi.

Sand Bar State Park. One of Vermont's best swimming beaches is at Sand Bar State Park, along with a snack bar, changing room, and boat rentals. 1215 U.S. 2, South Hero, VT, 05486. 802/893–2825. www.vtstateparks.com/htm/sandbar.htm. $3.50. Memorial Day weekend–Labor Day weekend, daily dawn–dusk.

Alburg Dunes State Park. Alburg Dunes State Park has one of the longest sandy beaches on Lake Champlain and some fine examples of rare flora and fauna along the hiking trails. 151 Coon Point Rd., off U.S. 2, Alburg, VT, 05440. 802/796–4170. www.vtstateparks.com/htm/alburg.htm. $3. Mid-May–early-Sept., daily dawn–dusk.

Grand Isle State Park. Grand Isle State Park has hiking trails, boat rentals, and shore fishing. 36 East Shore South, off U.S. 2, Grand Isle, VT, 05458. 802/372–4300. www.vtstateparks.com/htm/grandisle.cfm. $3. Mid-May–Columbus Day, daily dawn–dusk.

North Hero State Park. The 399-acre North Hero State Park holds a swimming beach and nature trails. It's also open to rowboats kayaks, and canoes. 3803 Lakeview Dr., North Hero, VT, 05474. 802/372–8727. www.vtstateparks.com/htm/northhero.htm. $3. Memorial Day weekend–Labor Day weekend., daily dawn–dusk.

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