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The Mallets Bay Campground is located on the lakefront of Lake Champlain in Colchester, Vermont. Colchester is a suburb of Burlington and is home to Saint Michael's College. The small city is known for its large bay into Lake Champlain. The city gets thousands of tourists every season, and many visitors from local towns and neighboring states coming to spend time on Lake Champlain. The city is small and has an intimate feel. The demographic of town residents mostly consists of college students and locals in the agriculture industry. The area is covered in rolling green hills, small pinewood forests, and farmland.
The Mallets Bay Campground has nearly two hundred RV and tent sites spread across five acres of lakefront property. The campground is located along the shoreline of Lake Champlain. Each RV site can house an RV or camper up to forty-five feet long. Some spots are pull-through while others require back-in access. Over half of the RV sites have sewer, water, and electric services. Regarding the electricity, there are thirty, twenty, and fifty amp hookups. A dump station is also located on the Mallets Bay Campground property.
The tent sites have a large cleared area with a fire pit and picnic table. All tent sites border the outside of the Mallet Bay Campground in the more densely forested area of the property. Free Wi-Fi is accessible for all guests, and a bathhouse is located on the property. The bathhouse has restrooms, showers, large sinks, and mirrors. Over half of the sites on the Mallets Bay Campground can be rented daily, weekly, and monthly. Guests with specific site preferences can call the property owners to reserve. Those traveling in large groups can reserve spots next to one another. It should be noted, however, that tent sites cannot be rented for more than a week. A small parking area can be used by guests with up to one additional vehicle; beyond that there is an additional cost. Pets are allowed on the premises as long as they are checked in with property owners and are property vaccinated.
An in-ground pool is located on the property for guests to use at their own leisure. The pool does not have an on duty lifeguard, so an adult's supervision is required for children under fourteen. Laundry services are available to all guests at the Mallet Bay Campground. A store and office are located on-site as well to take care of any guest needs. The store sells ice, firewood, propane, food, and other supplies. A large grassy clearing and park are located near the pool on the property. Here visitors can gather to play games, entertain children, or eat a picnic. The large city of Burlington is a few minute's drive from Colchester and is a popular place to visit when guests aren't out on the lake. In Burlington, visitors can visit the Waterfront Park, ECHO, or the Leah Center. There are public tennis courts, basketball courts, beach access to Lake Champlain, and biking trails all within a five minutes drive and fifteen minute walk form the Mallets Bay Campground.
When visiting the Mallets Bay Campground, visitors can expect a "warm Vermont welcome." The staff at the campground is dedicated to keeping the grounds well-managed and comfortable. The office on the property makes it convenient for visitors to get ahold of a staff member with any concerns. The grassy common area is a place where large groups can gather to play games and eat meals. The campground was created to be family-friendly and outdoor-oriented. The idea is that the secluded nature of the sites can be a respite after a day of more adventurous activities. The campground is known for its relatively easy access to the lake and nearby highway. Guests appreciate the location, the pool to relax in when not on the lake, and the size of each RV site.
The large sites make it easy for guests to bring large and small groups without compromising privacy. Colchester is known for its proximity to Burlington and Montreal. There are many outdoor wonders in the area. The town has an amiable culture, and locals are often doing things similar to visitors, like spending time on the lake or visiting local restaurants. The city has many museums, locally owned restaurants and preserved buildings from when it was first built in the late 1800s. The city has ample night life, and lots of historical charm.
The Mallets Bay Campground was established in the early nineties. The current owner Joe Handy purchased the property with his siblings in 1990. It has been a family-owned establishment since then. The Handy family bought the campground because they loved the area and the convenient location near the lake. They grew up spending time on Lake Champlain and wanted to create a space for guests to stay near there. Much work has been done to improve the property.