Rossetti Beach Natural Area

The Lake Champlain Land Trust purchased and saved this ecological and public access gem at a time when it was slated for 44 homes.  Rossetti Beach Natural Area is a 47 acre property located in Colchester, VT and features free access to over 1,280 feet of rare sandy beach on Lake Champlain.  Formerly known as Thayers Beach, it is a popular sandy spot for both boaters and beachgoers.  Folks can also walk in along a quarter-mile trail following the emergency access road to the access bridge.  (The large parking lot can fill up on beautiful beach days.) In addition to the large sandy beach, the natural area preserves a button-bush wetland filtering the local stormwater. This state-significant natural area also protects critical habitat for two endangered plant species.

Rossetti Beach Natural Area Photo Galleries

Beach Heather Restoration – August 31, 2016

Rossetti Beach Natural Area Video


From I-89, take Exit 16 in Colchester.  Take Route 7 N to the intersection with Route 127.  Turn left onto Blakely Road.  At the stoplight near Bayside Park, continue straight (the road becomes W. Lakeshore Rd.).  Just past the Fish and Wildlife Access Area (on the right), continue straight on Holy Cross Road.  After 1/2 mile you will see a sign for Rossetti Beach Natural Area on your right.

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Click here for a printable guide for Rossetti Beach Natural Area, including driving directions.

Click here for a family-friendly trail guide.



Rossetti Beach Natural Area was saved and conserved by the Lake Champlain Land Trust in 1997 after a campaign involving many supporters.  The Lake Champlain Land Trust retained a conservation agreement (also known as a conservation easement), along with the Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, and then donated the property to the Town of Colchester.  The natural area is open to the public for a short walk down to a sandy beach that is open for swimming.



Rossetti Beach Natural Area was purchased with funding from our supporters, Vermont Housing and Conservation Board, the Town of Colchester, the Lake Champlain Land Trust, and many individuals.  Rossetti Beach Natural Area is owned and managed by the Town of Colchester.