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SUNDAY, May 8th – MOTHER’S DAY – CT River Setbacks, Hinsdale, NH (Lake Wantastiquet) (CT River Birding Trail, Southern Section). Meet at 10AM in the Hinsdale, NH, Walmart parking lot (Rte 119). We will drive a few miles east to the put-in, for a peaceful paddle and picnic lunch, off the main river, in the marshes. This often overlooked wildlife area is home to spring birds, big fish and white swans. Be sure to bring something warm to drink, and waterproof to sit on. We were snowed-out of this May trip in 2002, but it’s usually warm and beautiful. The water will still be COLD. Special surprise for paddling Mothers.

WEDNESDAY, May 18th – Herrick’s Cove, CT River, Rockingham, VT (CT River Birding Trail, Southern Section). Herrick’s Cove offers a pleasant day of paddling through extraordinary marshes and coves, favorite areas for bird watchers, especially during spring and fall migrations. Expected sightings include muskrat, beaver, kingfisher, osprey, bald eagle, and songbirds filling the alder, dogwood and willow trees. We meet at 9AM in the Hannaford’s parking lot on Putney Rd, in Brattleboro, to car/boat pool. Paddlers coming from the north are welcome to meet us at the Herrick’s Cove ramp/picnic area (off Rte 5, near Exit 6, I-91) at 10AM. The river water will still be cool; dress accordingly. Bring something warm to drink. (See BRING)

SATURDAY, May 21st– Annual BOC Canoe & Kayak Consignment Sale & Swap, 127 Marlboro Rd, West Brattleboro (former Mr. G’s store) Swap 11:30-12; Sale noon-2. For more information go to <brattleborooutingclub.org> or <Lmacyak@gmail.com>

WEDNESDAY, May 25th – Ashuelot River, Keene, NH. This will be flat, quiet water paddling, with some upstream work, but mostly going with the flow, depending on the river height and speed, on the day of the paddle trip. This is a quiet, meandering section of the river, (except on race day, the first Saturday in May), above the dam. Brattleboro area folks meet in Hannaford’s parking lot, on Putney Rd, at 9AM. Keene and NH paddlers meet us in the very back parking lot (Blue Lot), behind the Cheshire Medical Center, Cancer Center/Kingsbury Pavilion, on Court St…way back by the wooden bridge, at 10AM. (See BRING)

SUNDAY, May 29th – Lowell Lake, Londonderry, VT (CT River Birding Trail, Southern Section). The Quiet Water guidebook calls this a “real gem in Southern Vermont”. We’ve paddled here many times before, and are looking forward to doing some spring paddling here, for a change. Lowell Lake State Park includes most of the shoreline, and several islands. This is a shallow, productive body of water, surrounded by hills and tall trees, with a great variety of surface, sub-surface and shoreline vegetation and bird life. Huge beaver lodges and bald eagle sightings are the norm here. We’ll meet at the West Townshend General Store, near the Common, Rte 30, at 10AM. (See BRING)

SUNDAY, June 5th – The Ponds of Pillsbury State Park, Washington, NH. These four ponds form the headwaters of the Ashuelot River; we will paddle the three largest: May, Mill and North. If you have a choice of boats, bring the lightest; we will portage between ponds. Wheels will also work on this trail. Working together, we can do the two carries quickly and easily. May Pond is the largest and deepest, and supports a dozen or so campsites, and loons. North Pond will give us the feel of northern Canadian Wilderness, with birds galore, no road noise and an interesting plant species: the insect-eating, northern pitcher plant. Look for this reddish plant on the low islands, moss hummocks and shoreline covered with cranberry bushes. DO NOT attempt to remove the plants. Brattleboro area paddlers meet in Hannaford’s parking lot, on Putney Rd, at 8:30AM. NH paddlers can meet us in the State Park (Rte 31) at the boat launch area into May Pond, around 10AM. (See BRING)

SATURDAY, June 18th – CT River; Sumner Falls to Wilgus State Park, Hartland, Windsor & Ascutney, VT. (Camping optional). This will be our 4th trip on this stretch of the CT River, and it’s always been a hit. We’ve encountered ‘wild’ horses on a deserted island, bald eagles at close range, beavers, swimming squirrels, long stretches of quiet water and sandy beaches for sunning and swimming. Check out the pictures on the Paddling website photo gallery. We’ll meet in the Wilgus State Park entrance station parking lot, on Rte 5, at 9AM. Wilgus SP is located on Rte 5, south of Ascutney, VT (Exit 8, I-91). Campers are encouraged to come early, so they can leave gear at the BOC campsite, before we carpool north to the put-in at Sumner Falls/Hartland Rapids (below the falls). We’ll paddle back, downstream to Wilgus SP, stopping along the way for snacks/lunch/swim/hike/ and a few surprises. Hint: bring some money, in case you’d rather buy your lunch. When we arrive at the Wilgus SP ramp, paddlers may become campers, or head home. Advance reservations are required for the camping, if using the BOC site (a lean-to). Reservations are first-come-first served, (with BOC members having priority), to arrive by mail, NLT Saturday, June 4th; to PO Box 6294, Brattleboro, VT 05302. Cost is $10 per person/per night. To register, send a $10 non-refundable deposit check payable to ‘BOC Paddling’; the balance, if any, will be collected on site. BOC membership information is available at: <brattleborooutingclub.org>. The BOC lean-to will be available both Friday the 17th and Sat, the 18th. Site location, and further information, will be sent to registered campers. Some paddlers may choose to have their own sites, while others may motel nearby. Questions? Lmacyak@gmail.com (See BRING)

SUNDAY, JUNE 19th – Father’s day, North Hartland Lake, Windsor and Hartland, VT: the next day. Again, we’ll meet at 9AM in the parking lot of the Wilgus State Park entrance station, to car/boat pool the short distance up to North Hartland Lake. Campers need to check out before we head north. We’ll paddle the length of this long narrow lake, up into the lower reaches of the Quechee Gorge, with its 165-foot walls carved out by the Ottauquechee River. Here we’ll picnic, swim and play in the falls. Bald eagle, great blue heron, wild turkey and deer sightings are the norm for this trip. We will return to the Wilgus SP parking lot, before heading home. Come enjoy paddling on one of the longest days of the year. (See BRING)

SATURDAY, June 25th – Sunrise/Early Bird Paddle, Harriman Reservoir, Wilmington, VT. This is our signature ‘paddle and nosh’ trip. Come early to enjoy sunrise, on an early summer morning, before the motorboat crowd wakes up. We’ll lay out a light potluck breakfast in the soft early rays of summer, on a secluded beach. Bring light breakfast snacks to share; OJ and ‘glasses’ will be provided. Also bring something warm to drink, and whatever else makes a picnic breakfast more enjoyable. Be sure to include a towel, for the early morning dip; bound to wake you up. We’ll meet at 5AM at the Chelsea Royal Diner, West Brattleboro; or 5:30AM at the Coffee House in Wilmington, VT (Jct Rtes 9West & 100South). We’ll be off the water in time to make the Brattleboro Farmer’s Market for lunch; although paddlers are encouraged to stay as long as they want. (See BRING)

SUNDAY, September 11th – Hubbard Pond, Antrim, NH. This will be our second trip to Hubbard Pond, called a “hidden treasure”, in the Quiet Water guidebook. The pond is surrounded on three sides by Annett State Forest, and is perfect for fall foliage and bird life, with Mount Monadnock as a backdrop. We expect to see painted turtles, ducks, wading birds, beaver, otter and osprey. Meeting time is 10AM, at Walmart, in Hinsdale, NH. We’ll car/boat pool as much as possible. (See BRING)

SATURDAY, September 17th – Willard Pond, Antrim, NH. Back by popular demand; “Hidden in the southwestern part of New Hampshire, protected by an Audubon Society preserve, Willard Pond is simply breathtaking.” quotes the Quiet Water guidebook. This was last paddled in 2012. We’ll find clear deep water, moss-covered granite boulders, and a shoreline and hillside of mountain laurel, aspen, yellow birch, beech, red oak, red maple and white pine. The pond also supports a resident pair of loons. We’ll meet in the Hannaford’s parking lot, Putney Rd at 9:30AM. Paddlers coming from NH may meet us at the pond around 10:30AM. Our picnic will be at the north end, on the peninsula; bring something to sit on, and a camera. Local squirrels put on quite a show the last time we were there. (See BRING)

FYI…SUNDAY, September 18th – 7th Annual CT River Paddle Battle/Canoe & Kayak Race: Herrick’s Cove, Rockingham, VT. Benefit for the Bellows Falls Rotary Club Scholarship Fund. For more information go to www.ctrpaddlebattle.com This is NOT a BOC event

WEDNESDAY, September 21st – CT River; Vernon, VT to Northfield, MA. This is a beautiful stretch of the CT River, with very little development visible from water level, and a good current all the way. We’ll explore Stubbin Island and Upper Islands, the confluence of the Ashuelot River, Pauchaug Brook Wildlife Management Area and both Great and Bennett Meadows. It’s been years since we’ve paddled this section, so we may find changes along the way. Be sure to bring along a camera (waterproof); there was a beautiful waterfall coming in on the VT side, (near Stubbin Island) with a beach nearby. Swimming was fantastic. We’ll meet at 9AM in the Price Chopper parking lot, on Canal St, in Brattleboro, (near Exit 1, I-91). We will all drive to the put-in below the Vernon Dam, at the Governor Hunt Picnic Area, off Rte 142, in Vernon. Boaters coming from the south are welcome to meet us at the picnic area around 9:30AM. Before paddling off, we’ll spot vehicles at the take-out in Northfield, MA. (See Bring)

FYI…Friday and Saturday, September 23rd and 24th – Connecticut River. 20th Annual CT River Source-to-Sea Clean-up. Contact the CT River Watershed Council for more information: (413) 772-2020, or www.ctriver.org. This is NOT a BOC event.

SUNDAY, October 2nd- Somerset Reservoir, Somerset, VT. Come for an all-day, fall foliage paddle trip on a wonderful out-of-the-way, protected ‘Great’ reservoir, at a special time of the year. We almost always see loons, bald eagles and migrating waterfowl; and feel the crisp late season air. Three years ago, a pair of moose put on quite a show, and five years ago it was so warm and beautiful, nobody wanted to end the trip till dark. This could be the last swim of the season. Bring snacks, lunch and something warm to drink; it’ll be a beach picnic. We’ll meet at 9AM, at the Coffee House in Wilmington, VT (Jct of Rtes 9West and 100South), or the Car-Top launch site at Somerset, (very end of he road) around 9:30AM. Do not block the trailer ramp with car-top boats. (See BRING)


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