Summer Paddling Program

2020 Brattleboro Outing Club Paddling Program

The Brattleboro Outing Club (BOC) will host thirteen (13) paddle outings (canoe/kayak/SUP) from April to October. 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.

No advance reservations are required; just show up, with your own boat/board, and related gear. The only exception to this is the camping trip in September; reservations are necessary, and a $10 non-refundable deposit will be required. Light, warm summer rain will not stop BOC trips; however, high winds, electrical storms or cold rain will. If in doubt, or for more information, contact: (802) 254-3666, or

The club does NOT provide boats or boards. Rentals are available locally through the Vermont Canoe Touring Center, Putney Rd, Brattleboro, VT (802) 257-5008 (discounts to BOC members/supporters). BOC MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION IS AVAILABLE AT:

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, and the CT River Paddlers’ Trail Map, VT & NH, 2nd Edition, by The Wilderness Map Company, Franconia, NH. Also of help are the VT Nature Conservancy book “Places to Walk, Paddle and Explore in VT”, 50th Anniversary Edition, Montpelier, VT, and Michael Tougias’ book: “River Days”, 2001, by On Cape Publications. Referenced books are available at local book and outdoor stores, as well as most public libraries.

Detailed descriptions of each paddle trip will be found on the 2020 BOC PADDLE SCHEDULE pages. 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 Brattleboro Outing Club Paddling Program regrettably announces the cancellation of its Annual Consignment Sale/Boat Swap.

Under COVID-19 restrictions it has become increasing clear that holding the event would put everyone at an unacceptable health risk.

The event raised the necessary capitol to underwrite the Paddling Program, making it FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Any and all donations of money or gear would be appreciated. It is the Program’s intention to keep paddling trips FREE & OPEN. Click on ‘Summer Paddling’ for the 2020 schedule.

Checks made out to BOC, with ‘PADDLING’ on the ‘For’ line can be mailed to PO Box 6294, Brattleboro, VT 05302…ATTN: BOC/PADDLING

For more information: Larry at (802) 254-3666, or

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