Friends of the Island Line Trail

Cyclists on the Causeway

Vermont's most popular multi-use trail, The ISLAND LINE unites the Burlington Bike Path, the Colchester Causeway, and the Allen Point Access Area in South Hero into a stunning 14-mile trail that travels along, and over, Lake Champlain.

In spring 2011, many sections of the trail were severely damage by Lake Champlain's record flood waters. Trail stakeholders established Friends of the Island Line and launched The Big Fix campaign that raised $1.5M to repair this nationally recognized Hall of Fame trail as well as establish a full-season ferry service to connect its two ends. The trail repairs will be complete as of June 2013 and ferry service will resume on June 14th.

About Friends of the island Line Trail

We are a coalition of the owners and stake holders of the Island Line Trail - City of Burlington, Town of Colchester, Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife, Local Motion, Town of South Hero, Champlain Islands Chamber of Commerce, Greater Burlington Chamber of Commerce..

City of BurlingtonTown of ColchesterVT Dept Fish & WildlifeLocal Motion

Island Line Map - Current Status


Causeway Damage



Current News and Updates

Trail and Ferry Status

COLCHESTER - OPEN: The major repairs have been completed. The trail re-opened to public use in October 2012. Thank you to the Town of Colchester, the State of Vermont, FEMA and all the donors to The Big Fix!. 

SOUTH HERO - OPEN SOON: The northern section of the causeway - Repairs are underway. VT Fish & Wildlife and Munson Earth Moving are repairing the 1/2 mile section that is part of the Allen Pt Access Area. The corridor will be closed during construction. This section is projected to open in late May 2013.

BURLINGTON - OPEN: Repair work completed on the five areas damaged by the record 2011 flooding. Final repaving will be done in April or May 2013. The path may be closed during these periods.

THE CAUSEWAY BIKE FERRY - OPENING JUNE 14: Thanks to a successful Big Fix fundraising campaign, we're relaunching ferry service in 2013. The ferry will operate 51 days starting June 14th. Through Labor Day, the ferry will operate Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. For the fall (through Columbus Day), the ferry will operate on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. Bike Ferry Details 2013 .


A coordinated Fund Raising Campagin for $1,500,000 for Trail Repair and Bike Ferry Improvements was completed in October 2012

The $50,000 raised through Friends of the Island Line has been dedicated to trail repair .

Colchester Repairs - $450,000, FEMA match of $33,108 raised by Big Fix Campaign.

Burlington Repairs - approximately $1.4 million, $50,000 raised by BIG FIX Campaign.