The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department maintains more than 180 developed fishing access areas, providing public access for shore fishing opportunities and launching of water craft.
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Access Areas FAQs
The department maintains approximately 185 access areas, all of which are free.
140 access areas have concrete or gravel boat ramps
25 provide non-motorized boat access
20 provide shore fishing access
The department also has assisted in constructing approximately 10 municipal, state, or federal facilities throughout the state.
Ideally all the docks are in by May 15 and removed after Thanksgiving weekend, but weather conditions and lake levels may cause the dates to vary.
Access areas are provided for anglers, boaters, hunters, and trappers. Department access area rules
help guide users on what activities are allowed.
The rules list authorized uses in order of priority including:
angling, launching of boats, hunting and trapping and vehicles associated with those uses
launching of non-motorized vessels
operation of ATVs and snowmobiles ONLY when used in conjunction with ice fishing.
Prohibited activities cover a wide range and it is suggested that you refer to the access area rules Section 5.0 to review the entire list.
If an individual or group wishes to engage in an activity that is not specifically addressed in the access area rules, they can apply for a special use permit requesting permission to conduct that activity. Requests should be made to the department at least 30 days in advance.
The Department of Environmental Conservation, Watershed Management Division adopts rules regulating, among other things, the use of public waters and lake levels. You can view all public waters rules
, which help protect normal uses on all lakes, ponds, and reservoirs.
Universal shore fishing platforms are designed to provide shore fishing access to anglers of all ages and those with physical limitations. Additionally, all new docks will be complaint with the 2010 ADA standards for recreational boating facilities. You can find universal access areas using our advanced access area search
Funding for the access areas comes from both state and federal sources in a user-pay system. Fishing license revenues and motorboat registration fees are used to leverage federal money from the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
The federal funds are generated through an excise tax on fishing tackle or a motorboat fuel tax. The US Fish and Wildlife Service will pay for up to 75 percent of eligible boat access expenditures.
Access area expenditures are outlined in the department’s annual legislative reports
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department maintains more than 180 access areas that are either owned or leased by the department. The access area program uses contracted vendors and the Department of Corrections Community Restitution Program to maintain individual areas.
You can contact your local warden
if there is a legal issue or fish and wildlife violation, or the department headquarters in Montpelier (802-828-1000) if it is a facility or operation problem.
No, but there are numerous marinas nearby department access areas and the Department of Forest, Parks, and Recreation has a marina at Burton Island State Park