Lake State Park was established in 1981 when the State of Vermont
purchased 207 acres from the Estate of Arline Weiss Gardner on the southern end of Lowell Lake. This area included the dam, cemetery and an informal car top boat launch.
With assistance of the Vermont Land Trust, 154 acres known as the "White Property" was acquired in 1996. This area included a former summer camp with a rustic lodge and numerous lakeside cabins, two islands, Picnic Island and Annie's Island and a residential structure that is being used as a caretaker's residence. The park property encloses the majority of the lakeshore, including some significant wetland habitat.