Bomoseen State Park, a 3,576-acre lakeside park in the Taconic Mountains, is one of the most beautiful and historic sites in Vermont. The area was once quarried for slate and contains quarry holes and several slate-processing buildings. In addition to its rich history, the park lies within the 2,340-acre Bomoseen State Forest and combines all of Vermont’s most famous natural elements including rolling terrain, forests, and serene New England lakes. With so much to offer, a trip to Lake Bomoseen State Park is a must when you stay with GetAway Vacations! Here are some of our favorite things to do and see.

Spend a Day at Lake Bomoseen State Park

Old Slate Buildings

Several slate buildings and foundations can be found in the park from Vermont’s glory slate-making days. These quarries were once a part of the Lake Shore Slate Company and provided materials for the West Castleton Railroad. Hikers can embark on a self-guided tour of these buildings and discover what remains of the once thriving industry. An informational pamphlet for the self-guided history walk can be found at the Lake Bomoseen State Park office.


When Martha Warren donated the park’s land in 1959, she intended for part of the property to be used as a wildlife refuge. Today, Lake Bomoseen State Park is designated as an “Important Bird Area” and is an ideal habitat for many interesting bird species. You’ll find threatened species like the pied-billed grebes, sora, and even the occasional bald eagle, as well as plenty of wood ducks, osprey, and falcons. The park is also home to many four-legged creatures including white-tailed deer, foxes, weasels, raccoons, and coyote.

Lake Bomoseen

Lake Bomoseen is the largest lake in Vermont and is definitely a sight to see in the park. In the summer, visitors can spend a day on the water and enjoy boat rentals, swimming, or just relaxing on the beach. The lake is also a prime spot for fishing, so don’t forget to bring your poles!

The Ghostly Rowboat of Lake Bomoseen State Park

Many years ago, when slate was still being produced in the now-abandoned town of West Castleton, a popular tavern stood on the eastern shore of Lake Bomoseen. Many Irish quarry workers spent their evenings there after a hard day’s work. One evening, three of these men took a rowboat from the tavern and set sail for a night of merrymaking. The men never returned, and all that remained of them was an empty rowboat floating quietly in the middle of the lake. People presumed they must have drowned, but their bodies were never recovered. Since then, many witnesses have claimed to see a ghostly rowboat floating across the lake during a full-moon night – the rowboat’s oars are powered by an invisible force, and it leaves no ripples as it glides through the water. If you’re lucky, you may be able to catch a glimpse of the ghostly rowboat for yourself!

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