HOT OFF THE PRESS: First paddle trip of the season will be Saturday, April 29…CT River Setbacks, Hinsdale, NH. We’ll meet at 10:30am in the Wal-Mart parking lot in Hinsdale. Picnic lunch; could be cool, bring hot drinks, and something waterproof to sit on. (802) 254-3666 for more information.
2017 BOC Paddling Program
The Brattleboro Outing Club (BOC) will host twelve (12) paddle (canoe/kayak/SUP) outings from April to October 2017. All trips are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, and most are suitable for family canoeing, kayak touring and stand-up paddleboarding. LIFE JACKETS (PFDs) ARE MANDATORY ON ALL BOC PADDLE TRIPS (SUPs excepted, but encouraged).
No advance reservations are required (just show up), except for overnight camping along the CT River/Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) in August. There will also be a small charge for this trip. Light, warm summer rain will not stop these trips; however, high winds, electrical storms or cold rain will. If in doubt, or for more information, contact: (802) 254-3666 or Lmacyak@gmail.com.
The club does NOT provide boats or boards. Rentals are available locally through the Vermont Canoe Touring Center, Putney Rd, Brattleboro (802) 257-5008 (discounts to BOC members); or the Green Mountain Flagship Co, Rt9W, Wilmington, VT (802) 464-2975. BOC membership information is available at: www.BrattleboroOutingClub.org/membership
Many of these paddle trips are described in more detail in the guidebook by Alex Wilson and John Hayes: “Quiet Water, NH & VT”, 3rd Ed., published by the Appalachian Mountain Club. Detailed information regarding Connecticut River trips is found in “The CT River Boating Guide, Source to Sea”, 3rd Ed., published by The Globe Pequot Press, for the CT River Conservancy. For information on the Northern Forest Canoe Trail (NFCT) go to the NFCT Official Guidebook, by The Mountaineers Books. Referenced books are available at local book and outdoor stores, as well as most libraries. The NFCT Guidebook is also available by contacting them at: www.NorthernForestCanoeTrail.org. Brief descriptions of each paddle trip are attached, as well as on the BOC website above.
NOTE: Our 17th Annual Spring Canoe and Kayak Consignment Sale/Swap will be held on Saturday, May 13th from 11:30AM to 2PM, in Brattleboro, VT. Location: The Outlet Center, 580 Canal St. Exit 1, I-91. Swap…11:30-12; Sale…noon-2. For more information contact: (802) 254-3666; Lmacyak@gmail.com, or click on “Spring Consignment Sale”, above right, in blue box.