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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.

Recreational Paddling

Northern Forests Canoe Trail The Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) links the waterways of New York, Vermont, Québec, New Hampshire and Maine.

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
    Distance: 21.75 mi.
    Code: F, Q, I, II
  • Connecticut River Guildhall to Gilman Bridge
    in Guildhall
    Distance: 23 mi.
    Code: F, Q
  • Connecticut River Canaan to North Strafford, NH
    Below Vermont end of VT 114 bridge
    Distance: 24.5 mi.
    Code: F, Q, I, II
  • Connecticut River Gilman to Woodsville, NH
    Below bridge in Gilman
    Distance: 34 mi.
    Code: F, Q, I, II
  • Connecticut River North Strafford, NH to Guildhall
    North Stratford, NH--below bridge at town playing fields or Bloomfield, VT
    Distance:25 mi.
    Code: F, Q, I, II
  • Holland Pond
    Holland Boat ramp off Holland Pond Rd
    Distance: 334 acres
    Code: F
  • Kettle Pond
    Groton Parking area off VT 232
    Distance: 104 acres
    Code: F
  • Lake Memphremagog
    Newport Boat access off Coventry Rd
    Distance: 6,317 acres
    Code: F
  • Lake Willoughby
    Westmore Boat access off US 5
    Distance: 1,653 acres
    Code: F
  • Little Averill Pond
    Averill Boat access off Little Averill Rd
    Distance: 483 acres
    Code: F
  • Long Pond
    Greensboro Parking area off Long Pond Rd
    Distance: 97 acres
    Code: F
  • May Pond
    Barton Boat access off May Pond Rd
    Distance: 116 acres
    Code: F
  • Norton Pond
    Warren Gore Boat access off VT 114
    Distance: 583 acres
    Code: F
  • Osmore Pond
    Peacham Parking area off Osmore Pond Rd
    Distance: 48 acres
    Code: F
  • Peacham Pond
    Peacham Boat access off VT 232
    Distance: 331 acres
    Code: F
  • Spectacle Pond
    Brighton Boat access off VT 105
    Distance: 102 acres
    Code: 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.