Boating in the Northeast Kingdom
The Northeast Kingdom is peppered with more than 40,000 acres of pristine lakes and ponds. Rivers and streams etch their routes through lush and rugged countryside ideal for boating, canoeing, and fishing. The Northeast Kingdom is truly an outdoor person's paradise. Civilization, although present, takes a back seat to striking natural wonders. The sound of the loon can be heard against a background of unmitigated silence. There is great fishing, great boating, and some excellent canoeing to be had in the Northeast Kingdom.
THE CONNECTICUT RIVER
The Connecticut River flows along the boundary between Vermont and New Hampshire, from its headwaters in the Fourth Connecticut Lake in Pittsburg, New Hampshire, on into Massachusetts and Connecticut, terminating in the Long Island Sound at Saybrook Point, Connecticut.
The Connecticut River (an American Heritage River) is Vermont's largest river. Although technically owned by New Hampshire (our claim to the river actually ends at the low water mark ), Vermont and New Hampshire share the responsibility for its development and preservation. Three organizations are devoted to the preservation and environmentally conscious development of the Connecticut River:
The Connecticut River Joint Commissions is a public entity, appointed by the states of VT and NH to "preserve and protect the resources of the Connecticut River Valley".
The Connecticut River Watershed Council with help from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, strives to conserve and protect the Connecticut river's watershed in all four states through which it flows--Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
Connecticut River Scenic Byway Council was formed in 1999 to ". . .balance the promotion, preservation, enjoyment and stewardship of the Connecticut River Valley." In that same year, Vermont and New Hampshire designated a bi-state route, along the Connecticut River called the Connecticut River Scenic Byway.
PUBLIC BOAT LAUNCHES
For those who prefer the maneuverability and convenience of a motorized craft, the Northeast Kingdom has several public boat launches.
Boat Rentals - Motor, Pontoon, Sailboats available at Newport Marine in Newport, VT. (802) 334-5911
Canoeing - Northeast Kingdom Paddling Areas
Barton River Glover to Newport Bridge off VT 16, just north of Glover 21.75 mi. F, Q, I, II
Connecticut River Guildhall to Gilman Bridge in Guildhall 23 mi. F, Q
Connecticut River Canaan to North Strafford, NH Below Vermont end of VT 114 bridge 24.5 mi. F, Q, I, II
Connecticut River Gilman to Woodsville, NH Below bridge in Gilman 34 mi. F, Q, I, II
Connecticut River North Strafford, NH to Guildhall North Stratford, NH--below bridge at town playing fields or Bloomfield, VT 25 mi. F, Q, I, II
Holland Pond Holland Boat ramp off Holland Pond Rd 334 acres F
Kettle Pond Groton Parking area off VT 232 104 acres F
Lake Memphremagog Newport Boat access off Coventry Rd 6,317 acres F
Lake Willoughby Westmore Boat access off US 5 1,653 acres F
Little Averill Pond Averill Boat access off Little Averill Rd 483 acres F
Long Pond Greensboro Parking area off Long Pond Rd 97 acres F
May Pond Barton Boat access off May Pond Rd 116 acres F
Norton Pond Warren Gore Boat access off VT 114 583 acres F
Osmore Pond Peacham Parking area off Osmore Pond Rd 48 acres F
Peacham Pond Peacham Boat access off VT 232 331 acres F
Spectacle Pond Brighton Boat access off VT 105 102 acres F
F = Flatwater, Q = Quickwater
Class I = Very easy, Class II = Easy, Class III = Medium, Class IV = Difficult
Class V = Expert, Class VI = Extreme
Note: The Connecticut river between Canaan Dam and Gilman is the longest navigable free flowing stretch of river in Vermont.