Maidstone is the most remote of Vermont's state parks and still retains much of the character associated with the Northeast Kingdom. Maidstone Lake was created when glacial ice carved out a deep basin in a preexisting valley. When the last glaciers melted 12,000 years ago, a deep, clear and cold lake was formed.
The lake offers good lake trout and salmon fishing and has had some outstanding record catches. Maidstone Lake is a great location to view nesting loons. The loon loves the solitude of the northern lakes whose shores are rimmed with spruce-fir shade. Once common in Vermont, the loon has recently been removed from the endangered species list, but remains a species of concern.
Maidstone was designated by the state of Vermont as a state park in 1938. The camp areas were wilderness, but the area around the lodge was a Civilian Conservation Corps camp. The CCC built many sites with fireplaces for camping, the lodge, and a picnic shelter, which are still in use today.
Facilities / Amenities
The campground has 34 tent/RV sites and 25 lean-to sites. There are restrooms with flush toilets and hot and cold running water, and two of the three restrooms include coin-operated hot showers. A sanitary dump station is available, but there are no hookups. There are play areas, hiking trails, and swimming beaches in the campground. A swimming beach and an additional restroom is available at the day use area.
Camping: There are 34 tent/RV sites and 25 lean-to sites.
Hiking: There are hiking trails throughout the park.
Swimming: There are several beaches with designated swimming areas at the park.
Boating: Boats are welcome at the park, though there is no boat launch. A Fish & Wildlife Access Area is available nearby to launch boats. Kayaks, canoes and a rowboat can be rented through the park office by registered campers for use on Maidstone Lake from the campground.
Fishing: Trout, perch, bullhead and panfish can be found in Lake Maidstone.
Picnicking: There are plenty of great picnicking spots throughout the park. There is also a pavilion available to rent for group functions.
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