Champlain Adult Campground – Grand Isle, VT


This campground is terrible. No one should ever go there! Now, if you believe that, perhaps this fantastic place will never fill up and we can always get a spot here.

If you are coming from New York, take the ferry from Plattsburg. When you get off the ferry turn left and go down the road less than a mile and you have arrived.

There are about 60 or so sites ranging from full service (no cable) to tents. Some of the sites are right on the lake and others are only a few steps away. The campground roads are more than adequate. The sites are level and carpeted with a beautiful lawn. The restrooms and showers are clean, but small. The owner is one of the most helpful we’ve encountered. He will do almost anything to make your stay enjoyable.

By the way, The “Adult” in the campground name does not mean what some may think. It merely suggests that adults might find this campground more to their liking than children. There are no activities for kids, no playgrounds or sandboxes.

Area activities include the many faces of Burlington (20 minutes away), the Shelbourne Museum (plan at least a day to visit), Vermont Teddybear Factory (just down the road from the museum), Stowe, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Factory, and a host of other places to visit.

There are a few seasonals who make the place sparkle. They’re friendly and helpful.

Don’t miss this place if you are in the Burlington area. Above all, do not write good reviews about this place. Too many people will discover it and cause it to be booked solidly through the season.


  1. Oh, how happy I was to come across JC and Emma’s website tonight.

    I lived on their property when they had 3 cabins and I lived in one of them while in the middle of a messy relationship! Oh, to have been much older and wiser then. That relationship is long over now.

    JC and Emma were so good to me as they were to everyone. Full of French charm and graciousness they were!

    Shortly after I left there they gave delivery to twins. Those twins would be about 14-15 now? I have always wondered how they all are and have always wished to say hello to them.

    I hope they read this and that we can be in touch again. I now live in Albany, NY.

  2. We recently visited Champlaign Adult Campground based on this review. I agree completely. We’ve seldom enjoyed such a quiet, relaxing stay at any campground. The seasonal sites are kept to high standards. We enjoyed the impromptu evening gatherings to watch the sunsets over the Adirondacks.
    We were originally apphrehensive about the constant Ferry traffic, but it was no problem. The quiet hum of the passing ships is barely noticeable.
    The swimming area is a bit rough and rustic and the water of Lake Champlaign can be painfully cold. Swimming from the rocky shore can be a challenge, but fun and refreshing.
    We took a day trip to visit the Parks and Campgrounds in the area and found a little jewel in Malletts Bay State Park. Entrance to the day use park is about $4pp but worth every penny. A 1/2 mile walk brings you to a sandy beach on the Bay. The water was a perfect temperature and the sandy bottom stretched out forever. Dogs are allowed on the Beach so our Dingo enjoyed a romp in the water with us. Bring a lunch and make it a day here, you won’t regret it.


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