Hipcamp host Brian C.
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4 private acres adjacent to a University of Vermont-owned natural area. 1.5 miles from the spectacular Island Line Rail Trail connecting to downtown Burlington and the beautiful Champlain Islands..  

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
3 sites
Up to 6 guests per site
Park at listing
No ADA access
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Potable water available
Showers available
Picnic table available
Wifi available
Bins available
Have a question? Send Brian a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Moderate
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 15 months out
  • Response time: Within 12 hours
  • Response rate: 100%


Offered on the Host's property or nearby.


One mile from the beautiful Island Line Rail Trail, connecting to downtown Burlington and the Champlain Islands. Go to localmot...Read more


3 boat launches nearby


Niquette's Bay State Park - 12 miles Vermont's Long Trail


3 boat launches nearby


Beautiful town beaches nearby: Rossetti Natural Area, and Bayside Beach in Mallett's Bay

Wind sports
Snow sports
Wildlife watching


Natural features you'll find at Lake Effect in Vermont.


1.7 miles to a beautiful Town beach (Rossetti Natural Area).


Lake Champlain


Definitely not suburban. My yard is a quiet, private natural area on Lake Champlain.


The vibe at Lake Effect

Places to see near Lake Effect

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Hipcamper Travis
Travis J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 4)
August 7th, 2018

Brian is the most wonderful host, he gave us insider tips on great places to go and told us all about the history of the bike causeway, and his place is the most beautiful location right on the tip of mallets bay. Such a warm, welcoming and friendly soul, we look forward to seeing Brian again very soon!

Hipcamper Emily
Emily M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
May 30th, 2018

We had a really great stay at "Lake Effect" while we were up in Vermont for a concert. Brian already had a fire going and a BBQ ready when we arrived. It was really great to have a house to use for the bathroom and kitchen during our stay. We camp a lot but when it rains it is always nice to have those amenities close by.

There is a lot of space to choose from to put your tent(s) and the views are really great from the shoreline just steps from your campsite. There is a really beautiful canoe in the back of the eco-friendly house so that you can get a closer look at the lake. Brian has really great recommendations for what to do in the area and he is familiar with a lot of the history of Colchester and the nearby towns. Great location and very accommodating.

tent lodging amenitywaterBeautiful town beach 1.7 mi away cabin people lodging
Hipcamper Julie
Julie B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
June 4th, 2018

This experience was top notch! The host is amazing and so welcoming. He really provides you with the best Vermont experience. So knowledgeable on the area, especially for any outdoor activity you could imagine (and some that you would never think of). The location is right on the water, with beautiful views and a very peaceful feel. Would recommend to anyone visiting the Burlington area!

Hipcamper Andrew
Andrew O.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
July 13th, 2018

Brian's yard is a beautiful place to camp. Near the edge of Lake Champlain, it has a great balance of natural beauty and comfortable accommodations. Brian could not have been more hospitable in providing me with access to everything from power outlets outside to the use of his bathroom, kitchen and fridge inside his home. With easy access to Burlington and all kinds of lake attractions I'd definitely recommend this site to anybody looking for a few nights of camping without feeling like you're in the middle of nowhere!

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Hipcamper Gabriel
Gabriel C.
recommends this listing.
(Site 3)
July 22nd, 2018

Lake Effect was a relaxed spot with lots of things to do nearby. Brian was helpful with whatever we needed for our stay, and offering things to do nearby. Worth checking out is Thayer Beach, just down the road from the camp - awesome swimming spot and beach park. Definitely would return.

Our tent spotCooked up breakfast in the shadeOur neighbor's awesome rig! check out their travels here: https://www.yourlocalnomads.com/Canoe
Hipcamper Dana
Dana B.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 8th, 2018

Lake effect was a wonderfully special place to stay. We stayed during a busy weekend and there was plenty of room. Met some amazing people. Shared the most amazing food and the hospitality was beyond exceptional. I would highly recommend Lake effect for your next adventure.

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Hipcamper Katrina
Katrina W.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
August 26th, 2018

Brian was a very gracious host and goes above & beyond. He made us feel right at home, was helpful with directions and places to go. We had power to our Sprinter Van and access to a clean bathroom and kitchen amenities. The site is quiet and peaceful. It was easy to get to many places. We will be back for sure.

Full Moon Fire Dinner on the deck was peaceful Easy biking from the Lake Effect
Hipcamper Stephanie
Stephanie M.
recommends this listing.
(Site 2)
September 2nd, 2018

Brian was very welcoming and helpful. He gave us great suggestions for things to do in the beautiful town of Colchester. He communicated well and his property is gorgeous!

Making dinner at sunsetEnjoying the viewBrian's house
Hipcamper Rebecca
Rebecca J.
recommends this listing.
(Site 1)
September 4th, 2018

Brian was a great host! Very laid back and friendly. He was enthusiastic about telling us about all the cool things to do in the area. Lake Effect is in a great location, especially if you're planning on biking on the Island Line Trail which is what we did. It's also so convenient to Burlington and a drive in movie theater. Brian's place is on a dead end dirt road so it's really quiet and you can see the lake from his driveway. It was also a great place to star gaze. Hope to be back soon!

Lake Effect
United States
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