Like all Vermont State Parks, the amenities are basic but what you really need. There is no cable, electric, sewer line but there are great views great from your campsite, coin showers with hot water nearby and decently paved roads in and out. We had a waterfall right behind us--not sure if it dries up ever but it ran into a little brook that was on the edge of our campsite and the sound was what people pay lots to imitate. We chose our site with the interactive map and it was exactly the fairly private and the beautiful place we saw in the picture. The actual beach is a pretty long hike from the parking lot and walking to any lake frontage is a 0.5 miles by trail and a good 2-3 minute walk from the parking lot--with lots of kids and stuff to cart a wagon might be a good idea. I would not suggest this location if you have a crutch or a hard time walking--on the other hand if you are in a wheel chair the lean to that was handicapped accessible was very close to the shower and the lean to itself with full ramp was pretty cool looking.
The park is reasonably quiet--this is not a wild party destination. If there were to be an issue 4th of July weekend probably would have been it -- but perfect quiet after 10 PM. Bathrooms were all cleaned around 11 AM and while they certainly are not spa quality I never had to wait to take my fifty cent shower and never got scared at what I found in the lady's room.
The lake views were very pretty. The beach was crowded but that is to be expected on Holiday Weekends. I know several states have removed most trash bins and want you to take what you brought. While great in a cost saving theory this meant people leaving swim diapers on shore (they did get removed quickly) because they were too lazy to use the only trash can in the bathroom. These were removed by a ranger who probably had better things to do and I question this concept in cost savings.
The water is very, very cold--this from someone used to New England Oceans and lakes. It is clearly spring fed and it takes a lot to get used to even on a 90 degree day. While I have had more pleasant swimming experiences, I would say this is probably the best place I have ever seen for a leisurely pedal boat ride, kayak, canoe ride. They rent both. I forget all the pricing but the pedal boat as $5.30 for a half hour--they of course went quickly. No way to get lost and there are no motor boats to compete with. You can even park other places on the lake to fish or use the rope swing.
Certainly not on top of any sort of major city but restaurants--both fine dining and family friendly and several little country stores and the hardware store are all nearby.
We did not really happen on any great "kid friendly" activity spots in the local area in regards to attractions but my son did have a great time watching a ranger catch some fish, found a frog, and saw a crayfish in the tank which he was super excited about. All the park staff were really friendly and took the time to entertain his questions.
There was a very small playground near the restrooms as well, but the biggest joys were from nature: skipping stones, playing echo, catching toads swimming and making sand castles.
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