SATURDAY, September 12th – CT River: Sumner Falls to Wilgus State Park; Hartland, Windsor & Ascutney, VT (Camping optional) Day One. This will be our 6th trip down this stretch of the CT River; it’s always a big hit, and well attended. We’ve encountered ‘wild’ horses on Chase Island, bald eagles at close range, beavers, swimming squirrels, long stretches of quiet water, short fast water runs and sandy beaches for swimming & sunning. Check out the photos on the BOC website, at the PADDLING photo gallery. We’ll meet in the Wilgus State Park entrance station parking lot, on Rt5, at 9am. Wilgus SP is located on Rte5, south of the Ascutney, VT (Exit 8 off I-91). Campers need to be there early so they can drop off their gear at the BOC site, before meeting at 9. The BOC site will also be available the night before (Friday), in the event campers want to get an early start on a glorious weekend outdoors. At 9am we’ll car/boat pool, and head 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 to bird watch, swim, picnic, sun, snack and visit the Burnham Meadows Campsite (part of the CT River Paddlers’ Trail). Visits to the Path of Life Garden and Harpoon Brewery are optional, and self-funded. Shortly after lunch, we’ll pass under the Cornish-Windsor Covered Bridge; at 460 feet across, this is the longest covered bridge in America. Three previous bridges stood at this site; all were destroyed by floods. When we arrive at the Wilgus State Park take-out, paddlers become campers, or head home. Reservations are required, if using the BOC site, Friday or Saturday. A $10 non-refundable donation/deposit (per night) will hold your place in the lean-to, or tent site. Reservations are first come, first served, and must be postmarked on or before Sept 5th, addressed to: BOC, c/o PO BOX 6294, Brattleboro, VT, 05302. Checks made out to: BOC…with “PADDLING” on the “For” or “Memo” line. The balance, if any will be collected on site. Site location and further information will be sent to registered campers. Some may choose to have their own sites, while others may motel or B&B nearby. Questions? Lmacyak@gmail.com. (See What to Bring)
SUNDAY, September 13th – Day Two (the next day) North Hartland Lake, Windsor, VT. Again, we’ll meet at 9am in the parking lot of the Wilgus State Park entrance station, to car/boat pool, before we drive the short distance to North Hartland Lake. Campers need to checkout 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’ walls carved out by the Ottauquechee River. Here we’ll picnic, swim and play in the falls. Bald eagles, great blue heron, wild turkey and deer sightings are common on this trip. Entrance fees (if any) will be paid by BOC. We will return to Wilgus State Park, prior to heading home. (See What to Bring)
SATURDAY, September 26th – CT River, Brattleboro, to Vernon Dam, VT. This paddle trip is in conjunction with the CT River Conservancy’s 24th Annual CT River Source-to-Sea Clean-up. We’ll paddle the VT shore, from the Retreat Meadows to the portage take-out, just above the Vernon Dam. BOC will provide trash bags. Bring work gloves that can get wet. We’ll meet at 9:30am, at the Rte 30 access to the Retreat Meadows, Brattleboro. Wear old clothes and good water shoes. PFD’s required…wear an old one, if possible. Bring snacks, water and an eye for trash. (See What to Bring)
WEDNESDAY, September 30th – Leader’s Choice; wherever the colors are peak. We’ll meet in front of the closed Home Depot store, next to Hannaford’s, on Putney Rd, Brattleboro, at 9:30am, for an all day outing to view fall foliage from the water, somewhere in the tri-state area. (See What to Bring)
SATURDAY, October 3rd – 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. Five years ago, a pair of moose put on quite a show, and six 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 the dirt road) around 9:30AM. Please do not block the trailer ramp with car-top boats. (See BRING)
WEDNESDAY, October 7th – Leader’s Choice; wherever the colors are peak. We’ll meet in front of the closed Home Depot store, next to Hannaford’s, on Putney Rd, Brattleboro, at 9:30am, for an all day outing to view fall foliage from the water, somewhere in the tri-state area. (See What to Bring)
WEDNESDAY, October 7th – Leader’s Choice; wherever the colors are peak. We’ll meet in front of the closed Home Depot store, next to Hannaford’s, on Putney Rd, Brattleboro, at 9:30am, for an all day outing to view fall foliage from the water, somewhere in the tri-state area.