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Niquette Bay State Park


Today’s 584-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. Almost 5,000 feet of scenic rocky and sandy shoreline along the bay comprise the park’s southern boundary, providing hiking, swimming, and other day-use activities.

The property, much of it farmed and pastured through the 1800s, is today predominately forested. Two long ridges with summits rising to over 400’ elevation run parallel along either side of a flat, sandy terrace bisecting the property. This terrace, in turn, is bisected by a brook and its associated ravine.

The westerly half of the park shore is a dramatically different character. Here, sheer cliffs of dolomitic limestone rise abruptly from deep water to heights exceeding 60 feet. These cliffs form the headwall of the western ridge that cuts through the park.

Pets are allowed on-leash throughout the park except for the sand beach. Pets may swim off-leash at the Calm Cove area. There is no public drinking water supply. Bicycles are allowed only on the Allen Trail.

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A 52 Weeks of Fun Fascinating Fact about Niquette Bay State Park

The little brook that runs through the park has carried away sand and silt into Lake Champlain for thousands of years, forming the sandy but shallow beach along the park’s shoreline.

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