Lake Champlain (map), (listing)
New York & Vermont (map), (listing)
GPS: Lat 44° 38.139'N Long 73° 16.003'W
South Hero, Vermont. Take I-89 north from Burlington, and exit at Rte.
2 toward the Lake Champlain Islands. Apple Tree Bay Campground is on the
left, just after Rte. 2 crosses the causeway to Grand Isle (S. Hero).
$2 day-use windsurfing fee. The new owners put a lot of work into the
launch area. Two years ago it was trees and vines, but they cleared out
about 300 feet. The rigging area now is a mixture of grass, sand, weeds
and shale, although there is enough grass for people to rig, and in years
to come there will be more grass.
Winds: S, SE,
NE. For N and NW, go to Sand
Bar State Park.
Camping on-site, including 200 full RV hook-ups, 50 campsites with
limited services and tent fields.
Tent camping is $15 daily, $90 weekly. Water and electric hookup sites
are $22 daily, $135 weekly. Sites with full hookups are $25 daily, $155
weekly. Rates include up to 5-person occupancy, with additional adults
$3, children $2. Group rates are available. The campground can be reached
at (802) 372-5398. Reservations are accepted with a 50% deposit, refundable
less one day's site fee with 7 days notice.
There are three clean bath houses on the property. There is a rec room
and function area in a large barn. A heated pool is on-site, and a full
marina is across the street. A 9-hole executive golf course is available
- greens fees are $7 weekdays, $8 weekends and $5 after 5 p.m. Canoes,
rowboats, lasers, whalers and offshores are available for rent. A grocery
store, deli, laundromat, RV parts store, auto gas, and marine gas are all
on-site. Horseback riding is available nearby. Dogs are permitted, but
must be leashed or tethered at all times.
Partner Mark Archambault, himself an avid windsurfer, has ensured that
this place is sailboarder-friendly. He has plans to develop a Fanatic dealership
on-site, and plans to further clean-up/develop the launch area once/if
the State of Vermont unties the red tape. It can be a tough spot to sail
out of when the water gets below 96 feet. Then you might have to walk past
the power lines about 100 yards to get through the seagrass to the shallow,
sandy bay. Because the State made them cease beach development immediately,
the road to the beach presently feels kind of like driving through a stone
quarry - it is blasted through the shale shelf.
Be careful of the remains of the old power line pylons, presently temporarily
submerged between the power lines and the causeway. They exist due to the
damage as a result of last winter's storms, and plans are afoot to have
the power company dispose of them.