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 Lmacyak@gmail.com
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: BrattleboroOutingClub.org
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.