Summer Paddling Program

2022 Brattleboro Outing Club Paddling Program

The Brattleboro Outing Club (BOC) will host 14 paddle trips, from April 30th to September 17th. Details are posted below. Phone during trips: (207) 703-6668

Paddling is good for both body and soul. It allows us to exercise, as well as getting into nature, away from the 4 walls, into a clean, safe and open environment.

During this time of COVID, it is especially important to protect ourselves, as well as those around us. Safe & healthy paddling requires us to be more conscious of our surroundings and actions. The following guidelines are offered to help make us all more responsible paddlers:

…Follow all CDC guidelines, as well as State & local requirements regarding masks, physical distancing and group sizes when & where appropriate.

…Be totally self-sufficient; able to load, unload and move your own boat/board. In the event you have to ask for help, or offer help, be conscious of physical distancing.

…ALWAYS WEAR YOUR LIFE JACKET (PFD) WHILE PADDLING!

…If you are not able (or don’t know how) to rescue yourself in the event of a tip-over, and the water is deeper than your waist, PADDLE NEAR THE SHORE, where you can swim or walk your boat to safety. Requiring rescue endangers both you, and the person coming to your aid, since physical distancing parameters will be compromised.

…Be self-sufficient, and responsible. Keep track of your own trash/recycle, and LEAVE NO TRACE.

BOC paddle trips are FREE, and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. NO reservations required. Just show up with your own boat/board, required safety gear and food/water. All trips are FULL-DAY outings, except the SUNRISE trip, on Saturday, June 25th. Come prepared to PICNIC.

Detailed descriptions of each destination can be found, as follows:

…For lakes, ponds & marsh…AMC book, ‘Quiet Water’, NH & VT, 3rd Ed.

…For the CT River…CT River Watershed Council book, ‘The CT River Boating Guide, Source to Sea’, 3rd Ed. Also, CT River Paddlers’ Trail map, VT/NH, 2nd Ed.

Detailed descriptions of each paddle trip will be found on the 2022 BOC PADDLE SCHEDULE page. Birders will be interested in the 2001 map of the Connecticut River Birding Trail, Southern Section, available from Southeastern VT Audubon Society.

Annual Spring Canoe & Kayak Consignment SALE & SWAP

The annual BOC CONSIGNMENT SALE/SWAP OF CANOES and KAYAKS will take place at noon, on Saturday, MAY 14TH; LOCATION TBA. More information will be on the BOC website and local media.

For more information: Larry at (802) 254-3666, or Lmacyak@gmail.com or text (207) 703-6668

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What to Bring

  • Canoe or kayak: paddles, life jackets, sponge/bailer, bowline, whistle, etc.

  • Drinking water: always and plenty (min of 1 liter/person/hour on hot days

  • Hot drinks: good idea for sunrise paddle and poor/cool weather

  • Bug, lip & sun lotion: always (and/or long sleeve shirt and long pants)

  • Snacks: always (also lunch for all-day trips)

  • Extra clothes: windbreaker, wind pants, warm hat, etc.

  • Foul weather gear: as needed (NOT a poncho)

  • Bathing suit & towel; optional

  • Water shoes: old sneakers or ???? – always

  • Camera &/or binoculars: in some sort of waterproof case

  • Paddling/biking gloves: optional

  • Sunglasses and safety straps: always

  • Hat with long wide bill and neck strap: always

  • Any specialized medications or needs

  • Basic first aid items: moleskin, Band-Aids, antiseptic, etc.

  • Waterproof bag to hold all of the above (except the boat)

  • Extra warm/dry clothes, towel and water: to be left in the car, and make sure you don’t lose the key

  • Whatever else you need to make paddling and a picnic more fun: blanket, folding chair, ground cloth, sketch pad, waterproof musical instrument, book, Frisbee, bubbles, etc. NO BOOM BOXES

*Warm summer rain will not stop these trips; high winds and cold rain may. If in doubt, call Larry; also call to car/boat pool.

Full Paddling schedule