Maidstone State Park is hosting a loon packed weekend. Activites begin with an interpretive walk on Friday (starting at the B-loop bathhouse at 8:00 PM) and slide show. The next morning, get ready to head out on the lake, via canoe or kayak (both available for rent), and observe these unique creatures in their natural habitat. Other activities include: a sand castle contest, a sack race, a movie at dusk, fishing and hiking opportunities, and more! Programs are free with paid park entry, but if you want to camp, make your reservations by calling the park directly, 802-676-3930.
A pair of loons on Spectacle Pond
in Brighton State Park
In addition, you can help contribute to the Annual Statewide Loon Count. On Saturday, July 16th visit some beatiful ponds and record your findings for the Vermont Center for Ecostudies. "Many of the unassigned lakes are small and will likely not have loons, but it is still important to check them occasionally. However, there are are also some high priority lakes in need of volunteers including: Harveys, Jobs, Marshfield, May, Moore Res. (need a motorboat), Nelson, Newark, Pigeon (4-mile hike/bike), Pensioner, Spring, and Woodward." A full list of ponds in need of monitoring and more information can be found at the Vermont Center for Ecostudies' blog or contact Eric Hanson, the Vermont Loon Recovery Program Coordinate, at 802-586-8064.
IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March
28, 2019 Contact:Reuben Allen Vermont
Department of Forests, Parks, and Recreation | Agency of Natural Resources (802)
786-3838, firstname.lastname@example.org Enhancements
coming for Lake Shaftsbury State ParkShaftsbury,
Vt. -- Several
operational changes are slated for Lake Shaftsbury State Park for the upcoming
summer season. These changes are in response to increased visitation and a
continuing effort to better serve the demands of park visitors. Changes
include a new playground, a more relaxed pet policy, and an extended operating
season. The playground is expected to be in place and ready for visitors by
mid-June and will include swings, a dome-shaped climbing structure and a large,
classic play structure. For
the first time, pets will be allowed in the park everywhere except the sandy
beach and inside buildings. Access areas for dogs to go for a swim separated
from the beach area have been identified and will be posted with clear signage
before the park opens…
Want to get out and enjoy the fall? Everyone loves Camel’s
Hump and Mt. Mansfield this time of year, but our other parks trails need love
too… and are less crowded. If you’ve experienced Vermont in the fall, you know
that it’s hard to go wrong. Here are some suggestions for roads less taken.
Also remember to be careful on the roads and when parking on trailheads...
respect your surroundings and the folks who live there.
If you have another fall hike to recommend, let us know! Molly Stark State Park in Wallingford
After you’ve watched the colors of
northern VT fade, head south and do it all again! A 1.7 mile hike takes you up
Mt. Olga and back again. As a bonus, you can climb the fire tower to get great
views of the mountains in three states: Vermont, New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
If you want to do more hiking, the park is also adjacent to more trails at
Hogback Mountain. You can camp at Molly Stark through Columbus Day weekend. Emerald Lake State Park in East Dorset
This is anothe…
Vt. – Eight
months of work is underway to improve public access areas at the Waterbury
Reservoir. The project will require temporary closures at some sites while work
is underway, and will include improvements to parking lots, erosion prevention,
and boat ramp upgrades.
of a new composting toiletInstallation
of a concrete boat launchPaving
of the access road and parking area (may occur in Spring 2019 depending on
control and site drainage improvementsTraffic
flow improvements Installation
of a concrete boat launchRe-grading
the parking areaGuard rail installationErosion
control and site drainage improvements Installation
of a concrete hand carry access rampRe-grading
the parking areaErosion
control and site drainage improvements
include Waterbury Dam Boat Launch, Blush Hill Boat Launch and the Moscow
Paddler Access. Green Mountain Power (GMP) will be doing the wo…