Summer and swimming holes go hand in hand with one another. Everyone has their favorite and few want to publicize the location. I hate to let out secrets, but this one is just too wonderful to keep. When we think of places to swim in St. Albans, the St. Albans Bay Park or Kil Kare State Park are often what come to mind. However, sometime around late July, the bay starts to get a little murky and in the summer months, Kil Kare requires a fee to visit.

In steps Cohen Park, the least crowded beach in town. Cohen Park is a gem that too few residents of St. Albans know about. It is a beautiful 4 acre park, owned and maintained by the Town of St. Albans. Located right on Lake Champlain, it offers incredible views, an accessible beach and generally clear water to swim in. Because of it’s location on the open shore of the lake, the water moves quickly enough to prevent algae blooms from lingering.

Aside from the water access, the park offers a playground, picnic tables, a sand volleyball court and lots of mowed fields to play in. Restrooms are also available throughout the summer months. Cohen Park is located at 666 Maquam Shore Road, about ¼ mile north of Lower Newton Road. Bring the whole family, stay for an hour or the day, just get outside and enjoy this beautiful park and one of Vermont’s greatest treasures, Lake Champlain. Don’t forget the sunscreen and water shoes (the beach is shale)! Also note that the park does not allow dogs, so please leave Fido at home.CohenPark2