Niquette Bay State Park



274 Raymond Road, Colchester, VT 05446 Visit Website | 802-862-4150 |


Cost: Day use entrance fee Parking: Yes

This 553-acre park began with an initial land purchase by the State of Vermont in 1975. It is named for Niquette Bay, the local name for an indentation along the northeastern shore of Lake Champlain’s larger Malletts Bay. 4700 feet of scenic rocky and sandy shoreline along the bay comprise the park’s southern boundary. A hiking trail system made up of three interlocking “loops” is also in the park. The complete loop around the Ledges, Muhley, and Island View trails is 3.5 miles. The shortest distance to the lake shore is 0.6 miles, via the Allen trail.


Park Amentities:

  • Hiking trails
  • Pet-friendly
  • Swimming
  • Port-a-potty
  • Beach
  • Scenic views
  • Kayaks and paddleboards for rent from the beach on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays



  • Memorial Day Weekend – Labor Day Weekend
  • Open for day use: 10:00am – 9:00pm or official sunset



I-89 to exit 17, US 2 Milton/Lake Champlain Islands. Turn west onto Raymond Road and continue to park entrance.



4 reviews
  • June 15, 2012
    "A wonderful park with easy trails for younger children. The small beach is very nice and the trail leading to you it is just as fun! I wouldn't bring a lot of stuff if you are planning to head to the water with younger children. Also it does seem pretty dog friendly so do keep that in mind when heading to the lake my youngest is at doggie shake off level and sometimes it is a bit overwhelming for him."
    - mommasboys
  • May 2, 2011
    "This is a beautiful, quiet park with wonderful hiking and walking trails as well a secluded beach area. Nice easy paths for walking with young children."
    - Miltonmom
  • May 1, 2011
    "If you are looking for a quiet beach on Lake Champlain Niquette is perfect. The beach is a bit of a trek .25.5 mile, but very peaceful with usually only a small number of people. It is a real contrast to Sand Bar State Park. just a couple miles away. Niquette is a great place for a quiet picnic and swim."
    - sschmida
  • May 1, 2011
    "This is a really nice trail for an early morning or afternoon hike. My dad and I frequently visit this park. There are many people who come here to walk their dogs and get a small hike in at the same time."
    - Sacyda

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