Vermont State Parks COVID-19 Updates

We will be posting any updates to Vermont State Parks in relation to COVID-19 on this page.

Vermont State Park Status Updates as of 8/5/20:

A Plan for Operating Vermont State Parks in 2020


Travel Guidelines

Out of state visitors arriving in Vermont must meet these conditions:
  1. Visitor has traveled from an approved county with a low number of active cases per population. There is no need to quarantine in this situation. To view and verify your county meets these requirements, head to the State of Vermont Cross State Travel map with the active case counts per county (this is an external link)  OR
  2. Visitor has completed a 14-day quarantine in their home state and traveled directly to Vermont in a personal vehicle without making any stops OR
  3. Visitor has completed a 7-day quarantine in their home state AND has received a negative test following the 7-day quarantine.
And you must also meet both of these conditions:
  1. Not had close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days AND
  2. Not had COVID-19-like symptoms in the past 24 hours.
Upon arrival to the park, all visitors must self-certify they meet the travel requirements by turning in a printed and completed Certificate of Compliance. Every person must have a completed form (although minors should be listed on their guardian’s form). 

Note: We do not accept digital copies of this form.

All visitors arriving from out of state are encouraged to also sign up for a SARA alert, which will remind visitors to check for signs of COVID-19. 

Partnering with You to Keep Parks Open in 2020

Park staff and visitors are partnering to minimize risk for everyone in parks by strict adherence to behavior guidelines. If either partner fails to uphold their commitment to safety, parks may be required to close the facilities to public use.

Your Part

To help keep Vermont State Parks safe and open to the public, we ask visitors to:

  • Ensure they meet all current out-of-state travel restrictions according to CDC and VDH guidelines in Vermont prior to entering the park.
  • Reschedule your visit to the park if you are or have recently been ill, tested positive or been exposed to someone who has tested positive
  • Maintain at least 6 feet physical distance between from anyone who is not in your household, including with staff except when necessary for transactions. 
  • Plan ahead to combine trips to the contact station to reduce staff-visitor interactions.
  • Do not exceed the posted maximum number of people in bathhouses
  • Bring picnic blankets/folding chairs as well as water bottles for comfortable lounging and staying hydrated. 
Masks are required whenever you will encounter other visitors or staff outside your immediate household. This includes in bathhouses, at contact stations, or generally anytime you are with people outside your immediate household on your campsite. For more mask tips, visit

Visitors are strongly advised to assume responsibility for protecting themselves from transmission via touch points, including packing and making regular use of hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes.   

Our Part 

To provide opportunities for swimming, picnicking, fishing, hiking, camping and outdoor recreation in a safe way, Vermont State Parks is committed to:

Maintaining physical distance between unrelated park visitors, and between staff and visitors including:

  • Staff wearing appropriate PPE at all times and hand sanitizing is required between transactions.
  • Limiting day use entries to ensure room for social distancing. This is done on a park-by-park basis and we encourage people to call ahead before driving to a park. 
  • Limiting the number of staff present inside contact stations and the placement of protective shields where possible
  • Listing the allowable maximum occupancy for bathrooms on signs and asking the visiting public to adhere to the limitation.
  • Only allowing group gatherings, group camping, and use of picnic shelters if consistent with the restrictions in place at the time. As of 8/5/20, gatherings need to be limited to 25 or fewer.
  • Face-to-face front line interpretive and entertainment programming will be suspended for the season.
  • The swimming pool at Button Bay State Park will not be operated.

Managing, reducing, and eliminating common touch points including:

  • Any non-essential services or transactions that result in touch points and/or staff personal interaction have been suspended for the 2020 season.
The following are 
NOT available this year:
  • Boat and bicycle rentals
  • Concession stand operations
  • Indoor space rentals including cabins, cottages, and lodge rooms
  • Loaning of play equipment, camping and fishing gear
  • Sales of merchandise
  • Sale of ice is limited to only parks without local alternatives: Brighton, Maidstone, Woodford, and Burton Island. 
  • Sale of firewood continue at all campgrounds.
  • All playground apparatus are open, however we encourage visitors to frequently hand sanitize and schedule visits around less crowded times. 
  • Picnic tables, movable benches, and chairs have been removed from day use areas except those needed to provide for people with physical disabilities. 
  • Doors are propped open where feasible, trash receptacle covers have been removed, and other unnecessary touch points were eliminated wherever possible.
  • Paper maps, guides and interpretive information have been minimized. 
  • Cash will only be accepted if there is no alternative.
  • Water fountains have been disconnected.

Maintaining a regular cleaning routine as consistent with CDC guidelines:

  • Soap dispensers and paper towel dispensers are installed throughout both day use and camping bathrooms. 
  • High touch points are disinfected regularly throughout the day according to protocols consistent with CDC guidelines. 
  • Bathrooms and showers will be cleaned and disinfected consistent with CDC guidelines.
  • Picnic grill handles and water spigot handles will be disinfected once per day.
  • Tables, and lean-to handrails and other obvious touch points will be cleaned, and grill handles disinfected between visitors. 
  • The following parks have port-o-lets this year: Camp Plymouth, Silver Lake, Woodford, Lake Shaftsbury, Lake St. Catherine, Branbury, Mt. Philo, Sand Bar, Alburgh Dunes, Kill Kare, Elmore and Waterbury Center.

Additional Information

For the Dept. of Forests, Parks, and Recreations recommendations for Outdoor Recreation and COVID-19, visit the following:

For the latest information on COVID-19 in Vermont, visit the following:


  1. What about reservations already made between Memorial Day and June 15th? We have had no notice of cancellation.

  2. I hope that the parks (Ricker) can open, maybe stop day use and allow only those that are on the reservations list to stay. Put out wipes and disinfectants out in bathrooms and people will most likely help in keeping the services clean, require masks in common areas and i think it would be fine. in my 20+ years at Ricker and little River most people seem to stay to themselves and isolate anyways.

  3. As a long term Vt. (and resident) camper I will not settle for a gift certificate as payment for a cancellation I will get for a June 14th 2020 reservation in protest. This situation will also have a bearing on future camping location.

  4. What, exactly, is entailed in: "Out-of-state camping will be limited to those camping parties that have self-quarantined according to CDC and VDH guidelines in Vermont prior to entering the park."?

  5. I'm impressed! I must say that the information is Extremely useful and very engaging. Keep writing.Many many thanks and best of luck for your upcoming blogs. Owen Sound Ontario Campgrounds


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