Burton Island is a 253-acre park off the southwestern tip of St. Albans Point in Lake Champlains 'Inland Sea'. The park is accessible only by boat, with the states passenger ferry making the 10-minute trip from Kill Kare State Park. 18th century maps refer to this as the Isle of White. Jesse Welden, an early St. Albans settler and agent for Ethan and Ira Allen, is attributed with clearing and farming the island. As recently as 1874, Lake Champlain navigation charts label it Potters Island, though C.C. Burton, a farmer on the mainland, was using the island for pasture by the 1840s. Sidney Burton owned the island through the early 1900s and leased it to tenant farmers who raised cows, pigs, sheep and chickens. Crops included beans and peas. Remnants of the islands agricultural past such as fence lines and stone piles, rusted farm implements and the foundation of the old barn are still visible.

Hike is about a 2.5 mile loop around the island. Some of the more southern parts of the trail were not well groomed and wet since it has rained a lot lately. Great views from the shore in many spots. Access is by boat or the ferry from Kill Kare State Park.

Saturday, November 07, 2015