The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department maintains 170 developed fishing access areas. These sites provide public access to waters in Vermont for shore fishing opportunities and launching of water craft. The department manages 134 access areas with concrete or gravel ramps for launching and retrieving of boats. Additionally, there are another 21 department access areas where non-motorized vessels can easily be launched and 18 access areas dedicated to shore fishing. All access areas are open to hunting, trapping, fishing, and boating.
Management and administration of all access areas is primarily funded through the sale of motorboat registration fees and the Sport Fish Restoration Program (SFR). The SFR Program was created to restore and better manage America's declining fishery resources and was modeled after the successful Wildlife Restoration Program.