Bomoseen State Park named most family-friendly fishing spot in Vermont

Photo by Shawn Good
Lake Bomoseen in Castleton is a great place for families to fish.

The Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation has nominated Bomoseen State Park in Castleton as the best family-friendly fishing spot in Vermont.

Bomoseen is now in the running for being named among the foundation’s “Top 10 Mom-Approved Places to Fish and Boat in the Nation.” Online voting is open now through June 29 and each vote is a chance to win a family fishing and boating trip to Florida. Details are at

Shawn Good is a state fisheries biologist stationed near Bomoseen who frequently fishes the lake with his son. “Bomoseen State Park has many of the things that make for a successful fishing trip with young children. It’s best to break up time spent fishing with other activities, and Bomoseen has playgrounds and a beach to go swimming during that down time. There are also canoe and kayak rentals so that families can get out on the water together while they’re fishing,” he said.

Bomoseen also participates in Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s Reel Fun program, which loans fishing gear free of charge during a visit to a state park in Vermont.

Vermont also has more than 180 Fishing Access Areas where anglers can fish from shore or launch a boat. Kids up to age 15 fish for free in Vermont. Licenses for those over 15 may be purchased online at

“Make this your summer to get out fishing with your kids,” added Good. “The memories you make will last a lifetime.”

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